Ottawa, Council of Aging/ Age-Friendly Ottawa Network
Name of Committee: The Council on Aging of Ottawa, Age-Friendly Ottawa Network
- Website: www.coaottawa.ca
- Email: Bonnie Schroeder (Program Director, Age-Friendly Ottawa / Directrice de programme, Ottawa ville-amie des aînés) firstname.lastname@example.org
- New Horizons Grant (2016-2019 – Pan-Canadian Social Isolation Project – COA is the backbone support agency on the Community Impact Plan)
- Municipal Core Funding (City funding to deliver programs, age-friendly initiative as part of this programming)
This profile was updated September 2018.
Age-Friendly Program Description
The community is in a period of transition while seeking funding to further develop the infrastructure to support other community initiatives. In early 2018, the Age-Friendly committee recommended forming a network of community champions to advance the work of Age Friendly Ottawa with annual meetings of the partners.
As part of the COA commitment to the Age Friendly Ottawa program, we have embedded the age-friendly approach to its work and many of the activities are currently being driven by these committees, including Housing, Health (health literacy, long term care); Transportation (rural transportation, older drivers, pedestrian safety, hospital parking); Social Inclusion; and Income Security.
As the newly configured Age Friendly Ottawa Network, we are focused on age-friendly neighbourhoods and age-friendly businesses. The Council will seek funding to support these two initiatives:
- Age-Friendly Neighbourhoods – Working with the Federation of Community Associations we are exploring ways to build capacity to support planning at a community/neighbourhood level.
- Capital Aging: An Age Friendly Ottawa Business Initiative – Working with the Ottawa Board of Trade, we produced a market research paper. With some additional seed funding, we have piloted a networking and workshop series to boost eh number and types of businesses that serve seniors well.
To download the market research paper on the size of the older consumer market in Ottawa that is based on the 2016 Census, go to: https://coaottawa.ca/capital-aging-special-report-2018/
The Council on Aging of Ottawa / Age-Friendly Ottawa Network also works closely with the City of Ottawa that leads the Older Adult Plan
Current and Completed AFC Projects, Programs and Initiatives
Outdoor Spaces and Public Buildings
- Snow Moles Walkability Audits (Include neighbourhood audits, hospital parking lot audits and Snow Moles audit of winter walking). French site
- Seniors Ride Free (Surveyed seniors about their access to ride public transportation free on Wednesdays)
- Housing Options for Moderate Income Seniors Forum (Fall 2018)
- Seniors Without Walls (Teleconference program offered by Good Companions to reach isolated seniors through weekly telephone conversations, presentations, and storytelling. Recently partnered with Centre de services Guigues to provide telephone programs in French, as well as Barry’s Bay and Area Senior Citizens Home Support to help grow the program in rural communities)
Respect & Social Inclusion
- Capital Aging (Age-Friendly Ottawa Business Initiative)
- Keeping Ottawa Seniors Connected Project (2016-2019, one of nine pan-Canadian projects working to reduce social isolation with funding from ESDC. For more information, check out www.kosc.ca)
- Seniors in Focus (Series of short videos on seniors who have experienced isolation)
- Open Doors Pilot Project (Discontinued at this time)
- Elder Learning Circle (Guided conversations about aging and life in seniors community housing in order to create social relationships, discontinued at this time)
Communication & Information
- Retiring on a low-Income Workshop (COA in partnership with the Ottawa Public Library delivers six workshops each year on retiring on a low income in both English and French)
Community Support & Health Services
- Healthy Literacy Project (Peer-to-peer learning program about taking charge of your health, discontinued at this time)
- Smart Aging Program (weekly workshops covering key topics)
- Age-Friendly Ottawa Website includes links to:
- Age-Friendly Community Action Plan (2015-2016)
- Taking Charge of Your Health Pilot program
- Building an Age-Friendly Business Community
- Measuring Age-Friendly Results