The Ottawa Seniors Transportation Committee (OSTC) works to:

  • Improve the transportation options for older adults and persons with disabilities in urban, suburban and rural Ottawa
  • Offer education about the transportation challenges and options for older adults and persons with disabilities


  • Addressing gaps in Rural Transportation
  • Advocating for changes in OC/Para Transpo services that support seniors and persons with disabilities
  • Advocating for changes in hospital parking that increase accessibility & affordability
  • Supporting the Gotta Go Campaign to ensure access to washrooms in public spaces
  • Reaching seniors with information about options

Current Highlights

Age-Friendly Walkability Progress Report 2017 – Safe Streets for Seniors and other Valuable Pedestrians in Ottawa

The Pedestrian Safety Committee, which is part of COA’s Seniors Transportation Committee, works with the Age-Friendly Ottawa project, the City of Ottawa and Community Associations and neighbourhood groups to make Ottawa a more age-friendly city. We are pleased to present this Progress Report, 2017.  The Report measures our progress by discussing new community audits – including those with school children, the use of a Snow Mole questionnaire, and a personal blog – to find out more about winter walking in Ottawa. It presents a follow-up review of the communities audited in 2015, and reviews the status of the key recommendations and issues listed in the 2016 Age-Friendly Walkability Report. The Report also discusses what we have learned and suggestions for moving forward–feet first.

Senior Friendly Hospital Parking

The Senior Friendly Hospital Parking Audit Report  captures the findings of an audit of parking lots at the Ottawa Hospital’s Civic Campus and the Ottawa Heart Institute was conducted on May 16, 2017, by volunteers with a range of mobility abilities.

The Ottawa Seniors Transportation Committee developed an assessment tool and  worked with the Ottawa Hospital to assess and suggest improvements for its numerous parking facilities.

Two pillars of an age-friendly community are available and accessible public transportation, and available health services. Hospital parking sits at the intersection of these two needs. One of the challenges seniors identify frequently is the accessibility and affordability of hospital parking.

The OSTC developed an assessment tool based on three documents: Getting Around Your Neighbourhood: The Age Friendly Checklist; Code Plus: Physical Design Components for an Elder Friendly Hospital (second edition); and An Age-Friendly Walkability Report: Safe Streets for Seniors and Other Valuable People in Ottawa. A copy of the audit tool is included as Appendix 1.

This report covers the following four lots:

  • P-1 (covered): north of the Main Entrance and south of Ruskin Street
  • P-2 (surface): north of Heart Institute and north of Ruskin Street
  • P-4 (surface): beside the Emergency Department, off Carling Avenue
  • P-7 (surface): across from Admitting, off Carling Avenue

The OSTC would like to thank Luc Gravelle, Supervisor, Security and Parking at the Ottawa Hospital, for his assistance with the audit.


Key Accomplishments

Transportation Brochures and Pamphlets

An Age-Friendly Walkability Report
Transportation Choices for Seniors in Rural Ottawa


    • Community Transportation Information Events – plans, promotes, organizes and participates in events to raise awareness of seniors’ transportation choices & challenges
    • Older Drivers – provides information about safe driving for seniors through brochures, information sessions and education
    • Pedestrian Safety – audits in areas within the city and advocates for changes to make walking safer for seniors and people with disabilities or mobility issues
    • Rural Transportation – identifies innovative approaches to respond to rural seniors’ transportation needs