The Neighbourhood Equity Index highlights places that are more vulnerable than others and also points to key problems that are the weak spots in the physical distancing strategy such as:

    • No essential services like a grocery store or pharmacy within walking distance (see WalkScore map)
    • A higher percentage of people in inadequate housing (unaffordable, overcrowded or unsuitable)
    • Higher percentage of vulnerable people (seniors living along, people with mental health challenges)
    • A higher proportion of part-time workers or residents who are working poor – as the crisis has highlighted how many essential workers are in precarious and low paid conditions (personal support workers, homecare workers, grocery story workers, cleaners)
    • More calls for first responders (for mental health crises or crime

The following data sets, graphics and maps are available free for use for community planning in the COVID-19 crisis. 

Data Sets

Available for download and re-use (currently available as .xlsx files).


Can be saved and shared on social media or elsewhere


Interactive maps on issues connected to or impacted by COVID-19

COVID-19 and Housing Vulnerabilities

Food Security Dashboard

Seniors 65+ with disabilities

Selected characteristics of Ottawa Youth age 15 to 24

Youth age 15 to 19 with mental health related disabilities map

Youth age 20 to 29 with mental health related disabilities map

Volunteer to Make a Difference

The City of Ottawa is coordinating volunteers for the COVID-19 crisis. If you would like to find ways to support your fellow residents, sign up through their website, and they will connect you with volunteering opportunities.