Column: Mar. 12, 2015

Older Adult Plan Consultation & Celebration

Mayor Jim Watson will host a consultation event to help shape the City’s Older Adult Plan 2015-2018 and to celebrate the many accomplishments of the current plan since it was adopted in 2012. The consultation is taking place on Wednesday, March 18, from 10am to 3:30pm at Ottawa City Hall. To register for this consultation go to or call 3-1-1.
The Older Adult Plan was adopted in October 2012, reinforcing Ottawa’s commitment to becoming an age-friendly and caring community. Among the accomplishments:

  • Improved accessibility of buildings and outdoor spaces
  • Improved access to support for vulnerable older adults who have low incomes or are socially isolated
  • Additional programming for older adults in fitness, computer literary and CPR training
  • Enhanced communication, including an older adult portal on and printed guides of City programs and services

Feedback acquired at the March 18 event will be used to update the plan and ensure it continues to meet the current and long-term needs of Ottawa’s older adults. The updated plan will go to both the Community and Protective Services Committee and Council for approval later in 2015.

Applications for Camp FFIT

Women between the ages of 15 and 19 can apply for a position in Camp FFIT (Female Firefighters in Training), an annual camp designed to educate young women about a career in firefighting.

Participants will experience such tasks as search and rescue, aerial ladder climb, auto extrication, forcible entry, high-rise operations, as well as wearing full Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus and fighting simulated fires. Applications are available at and the deadline to apply is May 22, 2015.

Apply now for a City environmental grant

The City is seeking proposals from non-profit organizations interested in enhancing and improving our shared environment. Through the Community Environmental Projects Grant Program (CEPGP), the City supports neighbourhoods and environmental stewardship projects, specifically those that aim to improve stormwater management, enhance and protect natural areas and reduce our overall environmental impact. Application deadline is June 1. Visit for details about the program, eligibility criteria and an online application.