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


Tips for Winter Walking

There is nothing like taking a walk to enjoy the beauty of the season – and walking is one of the best ways to keep healthy. On the other hand, winter can be a challenging time of year to get out an about. Here are some tips for safer walking outdoors in winter.


  • 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