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External Events & Opportunities

External Events & Opportunities

Below is a list of upcoming events and opportunities hosted by ORCA Stakeholders and Commercial Partners that aim to educate, inform, and inspire ORCA Operator Members and the retirement community sector at large.

The following events are not endorsed by ORCA and are intended as resources only.

Upcoming Dates

CARP Ottawa Webinar: The Differences between LTC Homes and Retirement Homes in Ontario
March 27, 2024 at 12 p.m.

Over the past few years, it appears that there can be confusion in the general public about the differences between Retirement Homes and Long-Term Care Homes. As Retirement Homes gradually began to provide special floors (e.g. for persons with memory loss), perceptions have become cloudier as many started to think of these floors, and perhaps the entire residences, as LTC Homes.

This webinar will address the differences between long-term care homes and retirement homes and provide information about, who lives in these homes, ownership, oversight, funding, types of accommodations and much more.

Learn more by viewing the poster and registering today.

Walk with Me Conference
May 1-3, 2024

Walk with Me is a national conference aimed at changing the way we age in Canada. Hosted by the Research Institute of Aging (RIA), this year’s conference is being held in Ottawa, Ontario from May 1-3, 2024. We know driving change can feel lonely. Walk with Me is an opportunity to create connections and build partnerships that empower you to nurture the journey to a social model of care in senior living. Connect with leaders in the sector and gain practical supports and strategies to take with you.

Visit to register and secure your spot today. Early bird registration ends March 15, 2024.

To view the full program visit:

Across Generations Pen Pal Program
Connecting Seniors and Students

Across Generations, an organization led by undergraduates at Western University, is connecting seniors living in retirement communities and students through their Pen Pal Program.

The program is designed to provide emotional support and create lasting friendships through the exchange of monthly letters. Across Generations is currently collaborating with several retirement residences and is looking for more to join their initiative.

If you are interested in having your home and residents join the Pen Pal Program or have any questions, please contact

Invitation to participate in “A Decision Support Tool to Prescribe Recreation Activities to Older Adults in Social Isolation (℞OSI)”
University of Ottawa Study

A Ph.D. candidate from the University of Ottawa is conducting a study to develop a tool to assist retirement living staff in recommending suitable recreational activities to older adults who are not as socially engaged as they could be in their communities. In this research, the study considers someone as a social prescriber if they have experience working directly with seniors for at least one full year in areas like recreation, healthcare, social work, or senior-focused research, and is comfortable answering questions in English. These qualifications determine who can participate in the study.

Participation in the study involves completing one in-depth interview, which will take approximately 45 to 60 minutes. The interview will be conducted remotely via Zoom or telephone, ensuring convenience and flexibility. Your privacy and confidentiality will be strictly maintained, and you can choose not to answer any question or withdraw from the study at anytime without consequences.

To learn more, please click here. If interested, please indicate your consent by contacting Participants will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis.

Humber College Field Experience Students – Get your postings in now!
Summer Semester

Hospitality – Hotel & Restaurant Operations Management Diploma
12 weeks , 24 hours per week for a minimum total of 288 work hours
Between May 6 and August 2, 2024.
Students in this program may work in hotels, banquet or golf facilities, tourist attractions, retirement, or long-term care facilities (in hospitality related positions) or food & beverage front of house positions (no culinary) for their placements.

Hospitality & Tourism Operations Management – Graduate Certificate  (Downtown Campus)
Minimum total of 256  work hours required
Between May 6 and August 16, 2024.
Students in this program may work in hotels, banquet or golf facilities, tourist attractions, retirement, or long-term care facilities (in hospitality related positions) or food & beverage front of house positions (no culinary) for their placements.

***Paid opportunities are encouraged, as students may use paid employment opportunities to fulfill their field experience requirement. Offering paid opportunities may also increase applicant pool and attract the top candidates. Most students will be available for full time employment following completion of their field placement.  In lieu of pay, employers can choose to offer stipends or honorariums. Unpaid opportunities will be accepted.***

Posting a Field Experience Opportunity:

Easily create a profile & post a position in less than 10 minutes on

For quick step-by-step tutorials on how to navigate the website and post jobs you can visit ​the following links:

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