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


  • Supporting community groups to audit neighbourhood walkability and pedestrian safety
  • 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

WALK ON! Age-Friendly Walkability Progress Report 2018: Safe Streets for Seniors and Other Valuable Pedestrians in Ottawa

This report highlights the five community walkability audits, the hospital parking audits, and the new snow moles program.

On November 29, we released the 2018 progress report with over 70 people in attendance. At this event, we heard from several speakers including:

Peggy Edwards, Progress Report Summary 2018
Karen Scott, If you see something, say something
Bryden Denyes, Area Manager, Core Roads, City of Ottawa, Winter Operations

Key Accomplishments


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

The Senior Friendly Hospital Parking Audit Report


An Age-Friendly Walkability Report: Safe Streets for Seniors & Other Valuable People in Ottawa

Getting Around: Rural Transportation Options Brochure

Other Activities

  • Older Drivers Pilot which tested combining education with practice using a simulator
  • Seniors Travel Training which provides seniors with information and helps them explore public transport as an alternative
  • Ride Free Wednesdays and reduced fares for seniors
  • Reaching seniors with information about transportation options and understanding the gaps that exist in meeting their needs

Transportation Brochures and Pamphlets



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