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Advocating for residents & team members

The Ontario Retirement Communities Association (ORCA) is the voice of Ontario’s retirement communities. We take pride in our strong relationships with governments, stakeholders, and community partners, and we proactively advocate for changes that are in the best interest of retirement home residents, team members, and operators.

Current Advocacy Priorities

We believe that seniors should decide how and where they receive their care services, including in a retirement community. We are currently working on the policy idea of a seniors’ monthly tax credit (similar to Québec) that will empower seniors with greater choice, help with affordability of those choices, and alleviate pressure on the strained public healthcare system.

By 2050, the 85-and-older population in Canada could reach more than 2.7 million people. To ensure our sector can keep up with this demand, we are focused on our health and human resources strategy that proposes long-term and short-term solutions to attract and retain future talent. View our careers webpage to learn more.

With support and collaboration from our provincial counterparts across the country, we are launching a national senior living association to advocate for seniors’ issues across Canada. Stay tuned for our website coming soon.

There is a need to develop a better model of home care for seniors living in retirement homes. We are working with the government to identify and address the ongoing issues with home care.

L to R: Brad Bushby, Joy Birch, Cynthia Okwudili, Donna Duncan, Steve Gray, Cathy Hecimovich, The Hon. Raymond Cho, Alex Yuan, John Beaney, and Mike Lavallée