Building an Age-Friendly Community


Seniors have access to many choices to get around the city including driving, taking public and accessible transit, or walking. While most seniors use their own cars, they are also passengers in other people’s cars, such as family, taxis/accompaniment services, or volunteer rides for medical appointments through community support agencies (Turcotte, 2012). To support transit choices for seniors, the City of Ottawa offers a seniors’ discounted bus pass as well as free bus service for seniors every Wednesday.

Senior pedestrians are at greater risk for injuries and death when involved in car crashes (Toronto Public Health, 2015). In fact, between 2000 and 2008 in Canada, 63% of walkers killed at intersections were 65 or older (Transport Canada, 2011). In 2004-2005, 30% of people who went to hospital after being hit by a car while walking were aged 60 years and older. In addition, seniors stayed in hospital longer after being injured (16 days vs. 7 days for all age groups) and were more likely to die in hospital with 9% of older walkers in car crashes died in hospital (CIHI, 2007).

Our Vision

Seniors can travel safely and with ease in Ottawa.

Our Approach

Our approach is to work closely with the Ottawa Seniors Transportation Committee (OSTC) and key community partners, including OC Transpo and Para Transpo, to promote public awareness about both transportation options and driving and pedestrian safety; to increase choice and to promote more accessible and affordable parking at The Ottawa Hospital.

Our Successes

In June 2014 the OSTC hosted an information sharing event on transport options in collaboration with the Wabano Centre.

In October 2014 the OSTC, in collaboration with The Ottawa Hospital, published a Parking and Access Guide for the General Campus complete with a map and detailed information on parking rates and pay stations.

What’s New

The OSTC, in collaboration with OC Transpo, its rural Community Support Service agencies and Ottawa Public Health, will hold information events in 3 rural Ottawa areas in April/May 2015.

The OSTC, in collaboration with Safer Roads Ottawa, is developing an information brochure for older drivers on driving safely for as long as possible. The brochure will be available in April/May 2015 and will be shared widely.

On 06 April 2015 Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins announced that there would soon be a remedy for painful hospital parking fees in the province; such a policy remedy will help seniors and others who are frequent visitors to hospitals.