A Caring Capital City
Older Adults • Child Care • Homelessness
Ottawa – Mark Taylor today pledged to confront three of the greatest challenges that will face our community over the coming decade: ensuring Older Adults remain an independent and active part of Ottawa, ensuring quality early childhood care and education to our children, and aggressively tackling homelessness in Ottawa, ending it in 10 years.
Growing an age-friendly city
Older Adults are the fastest growing segment of Ottawa and we must ensure our city grows with them. By building an age-friendly community we can be just as committed to them as they have been to us.
“As the Chair of our Seniors Roundtable, I and all of those working to make the City of Ottawa an age-friendly community were recognized and welcomed into the World Health Organization’s Global Network of Age Friendly Cities. Ottawa is a world class example of an Age Friendly City and I am committed to continuing this work,” said Taylor.
The Roundtable, an ongoing forum resulting from the Seniors Summit that consulted with residents across Ottawa has moved to ensure all decisions being made within the City are viewed through an age friendly lens. Everything from infrastructure and transit to recreation and culture opportunities are evaluated with older adults in mind.
“Mark represents an area of the city which has the greatest number of seniors and he has worked hard in our neighbourhood and across Ottawa to engage and support them,” said Susan Au, longtime volunteer with older adults.
Modernizing our child care system to respond to the needs of parents and families
In the absence of a National Child Care Strategy, Taylor is committed to working with our excellent child care providers to ensure the broadest range of quality care is available to our children. Through consultation with members of the child care community and parents we are working together to expand the choices for families to access licensed childcare wherever it makes sense for them.
Some of the steps we have taken together will:
- Allow parents who need a subsidy to choose where to enroll their child;
- Streamline how parents access information and support; and
- Strengthen our partnerships with our communities’ excellent non-profit, not-for-profit and private child care providers.
“As a parent of children who have received childcare in Ottawa, I recognize the very real challenges that families face. Child care cannot be a one size fits all solution, parents and children need variety and choice,” Taylor added.
We must continue and grow the meaningful investments we have made in affordable housing and support services.
“We cannot afford homelessness,” said Taylor.
“During the past 4 years with input from experts and service providers, we have charted a course to ending homelessness in Ottawa in 10 years. I am committed to continuing this work because socially and financially the cost of homelessness in our city is too high,” Taylor added.
Together we have:
- Aggressively funded housing loss prevention programs;
- Significantly added purpose built affordable housing options for small and large families including those with accessibility needs;
- Partnered with the private sector to implement new tools such as rental subsidies that support people without bearing the cost of infrastructure;
- Sharply reduced hotel usage for emergency sheltering and increased transitionary housing for individuals and families leaving abusive situations; and
- Reintroduced and increased development charges collected to build affordable housing.
Taylor today pledged that in addition to delivering support more efficiently he would work to strengthen investments and make ending homelessness in Ottawa a priority.
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