NEI Population Groups

Portraits of Population Groups: Seniors

In Ottawa, the population of seniors is growing rapidly. The number of seniors aged 65 and over is expected to more than double in the next 20 years. While many Ottawa seniors experience a high quality of life overall, a substantial number of older adults face barriers related to factors such as health, isolation, income, culture, and language.

The data and maps on this page provide insight into the diversity of senior populations across neighbourhoods and rural communities of Ottawa, and the challenges they might be facing.

Seniors in NEI Neighbourhoods Dashboard

The indicators in Seniors Dashboard represent different aspects of senior population from age and gender to income, diversity and living arrangements. The map compares the percentage of Seniors in low Income across NEI neighbourhoods

How to Use the Dashboard

1) Select a Neighbourhood from the interactive list of neighbourhoods  located on the left pane. The map will zoom to this neighbourhood and the dashboard indicators around the map will update with the statistics for the selected neighbourhood.

2) Bring different indicators to view by clicking on the tabs under the indicator and map windows.

The map displays:

1) The spatial distribution of seniors in low-income as percentage of all seniors. Darker colours signify higher proportions of seniors in low-income.

2) The NEI areas of strong equity concern are outlined in red and numbered with the neighbourhood rank, where 1 is the rank of the most inequitable neighbourhood.

Additional details:

  • The layers menu can be opened from the top right corner of the map using the layers icon: .  It allows to overlay the boundaries of administrative areas (Wards, Community Centres, etc.), or view the distribution of a different measure.
  • Click within a Neighbourhood or open the legend:  to reveal more information.

How to view by ward, community centre, or neighbourhood

  1. Select the slide-over panel located on the left hand side of the map.
  2. Find an administrative area or a neighbourhood from the drop-down lists. When one of these areas is selected the map will zoom and highlight the area.


Note: This selection will not change the statistics of the dashboard indicators and graphs.

Data notes

Seniors in Rural Ottawa

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