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  • March 27, 2018

Ottawa Receives Inaugural Ontario Age-Friendly Community Recognition Award

Ottawa was one of 40 communities to receive an inaugural Ontario Age-Friendly Community
Recognition Award at a special symposium in Toronto.

Age-friendly communities are characterized by accessible and inclusive environments, both
physical and social, that enable seniors to lead independent, healthy and active, safe and
socially connected lives. Communities selected for the Award demonstrate a strong commitment to key principles for creating age-friendly communities, including: engagement with local seniors, collaboration with a diversity of community partners, and significant impact on the local community.

In 2012, the City of Ottawa adopted its first two year Older Adult Plan, which was followed by a second plan in 2015 that would improve infrastructure, programs and services for older adults over the next three years. Ottawa has increased accessibility of public buildings and walkways, created opportunities for social participation, improved access to health services, and reduced barriers to access of information and services.

At the symposium, Minister Damerla reaffirmed Ontario’s commitment to expand the successful Age-Friendly Community Planning Grant program with an investment of $7 million over three years to make communities even more accessible for seniors of all ages and abilities.

The government’s plan to support care, create opportunity and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25, and 65 or over, through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.


“I’m proud that so many Ontario communities are leading the way in making our cities and
towns friendly for all ages. I congratulate them on their leadership.”
— Dipika Damerla, Minister of Seniors Affairs

“Congratulations to Ottawa for being recognized with this honour. Receiving the province’s Age Friendly Community Recognition Award is a testament to the hard work and forward-thinking of a great team here in Ottawa. Our seniors thank you.”
— Marie-France Lalonde, MPP – Ottawa-Orléans


  • Encouraging the development of age-friendly communities is a signature initiative to help seniors lead healthy and engaged lives, as outlined in the recently released, Aging with Confidence: Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors.
  • The government promotes the development and growth of age-friendly communities through a number of programs and initiatives, such as the AFC Planning Guide, a planning tool and resource for municipalities interested in local age-friendly plans.
  • Ontario is expanding OHIP+ to make more than 4,400 prescription drugs available free of charge to everyone 65 and over, with no co-payment and no deductible.


Aging Well: Information for Seniors
Seniors’ Guide to Programs and Services

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