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Quick Facts

  • ORCA is a voluntary non-profit association that represents operators of retirement residences in Ontario.
  • ORCA was founded in 1977 and was originally named the Ontario Long Term Residential Care Association, then the Ontario Residential Care Association.
  • There are  700+ licensed retirement homes in Ontario.
  • Across the province, over 660 retirement homes are ORCA members.
  • Member homes provide accommodation and services to nearly 60,000 seniors and represent over 90 per cent of the suites in the retirement home sector in Ontario.
  • Our member homes are diverse, ranging in size from 10 to 300+ residents.
  • ORCA’s membership also includes more than 220 commercial members who provide products and services to retirement communities.
  • All retirement homes are now regulated under the Retirement Homes Act, and licensed and inspected by the Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority (RHRA)
  • Before the implementation of the Retirement Homes Act (RHA), ORCA set the standard for operational excellence through its accreditation program.