The number of people living outside the city core in places like Orleans, Kanata and Barrhaven increased in the last five years, according to numbers obtained from the 2011 census.
A report from city staff noted that 43 per cent of the new people living in areas outside the Greenbelt were 50 or older. The numbers of seniors living alone also “increased significantly” in those areas, the report said.
Councillors said the city needs to start planning its policies based on those numbers as soon as possible.
“There’s got to be change in the city,” said Coun. Jan Harder. “We have to be looking at doing some things differently and we have to be looking at being smarter.”
Coun. Peter Hume, for example, said he wants to come up with ways for seniors to stay in their neighbourhoods when they can no longer live in a single family home.