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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

Gerontology Student Placement Opportunities: Fanshawe Toronto@ILAC
May 1 – August 18, 2023 – 200 hours required

Fanshawe Toronto@ILAC (International Language Academy of Canada) is seeking retirement home operators in the Toronto, Scarborough, and Peel Region interested in hosting students enrolled in their Gerontology program for a placement opportunity. The placement would begin on May 1 and end on August 18, 2023, with a total of 200 hours being completed. The students are expected to work two days a week (either Wednesday and Thursday or Thursday and Friday).

The student’s learning outcomes in the Gerontology placement include:

  1. Develop professional behaviour in the workplace, showcasing knowledge and skills representative of the gerontology field.
  2. Demonstrate the vision, values, mission, services, use of inter-professional team, and client population within the student’s field placement.
  3. Practice effective, patient-centered language.
  4. Utilize an electronic inventory of services available to inform, plan, navigate, and advocate for senior care.
  5. Develop professional and personal strengths, areas requiring strengthening, and selfcare strategies utilizing a reflective practice model.
  6. Synthesize knowledge and skills gained throughout the program in the field placement.
  7. Develop skills to work with an inter-professional team within the field of gerontology.

Fanshawe works with a placement agency to ensure all students have met the requirements to complete a placement in Ontario, including a vulnerable sector check, standard first aid and CPR-C certificate, and immunizations. The students are also covered under WSIB, and documentation would be provided alongside the Letter of Understanding.

If your home is interested in hosting a student, please contact Ovijah from Fanshawe Toronto@ILAC to learn more.

Student Placement Opportunity for Retirement Home Operators 
Now until end of summer 

Colleges and Institutes Canada is offering retirement homes up to a $5,000 wage subsidy to hire a student for two-to-four months through the Supportive Care Assistant (SCA) Program.

Until the end of this summer, the SCA Program is looking to partner with retirement homes that want to connect and hire new talent (students) looking for work. Colleges and Institutes Canada is seeking additional retirement homes in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), Peterborough, Waterloo, St. Catherine’s, Brampton, and London.

The micro-certificate program was created to attract and rapidly train more workers for the personal care sector, and students can assist staff and support residents by performing non-clinical activities such as assisting with mealtimes, grooming, and more.

The program can also help accelerate the next step of a student’s career or upskill an existing worker. Graduates of the SCA program can also receive $5,000 to pursue further studies and become a certified Personal Support Worker.

For questions, or if your home is interested in hiring a student through the program, please email You can also learn more about the program through the employer partner page.

DAAC Zoomer Boomer Healthy Ageing for Little People Seniors Program
February 17 – June 16, 2023

The Dwarf Athletic Association of Canada (DAAC) is offering a free monthly Zoomer Boomer Healthy Aging program for Little People Seniors. This virtual program aims to combat social isolation and promote community among seniors in the Little People community. Sessions will feature a variety of topics and expert speakers, providing a safe space for participants to discuss and address challenges they may face as they age.

Webinar topics include Mental Health for LP Seniors, Digital Literacy for LP Seniors, Afternoon Art and Painting Session for LP Seniors, Dwarfism Awareness and Acceptance Month for LP Seniors, Financial Planning for LP Seniors. Laughter Yoga for LP Seniors, and Nutrition and Healthy Cooking Class for LP Seniors.

Any supplies needed to participate are provided. (e.g. painting supplies, etc, are sent to the participating LP senior free of charge.) Please click here to learn more and sign up for the program.

Retirement Home Management Summer Interns – Post Now!
May 8 – August 20, 2023 – 160 hours required

Humber College is inviting retirement home operators to post available internship opportunities for students enrolled in the Retirement Home Management Graduate Certificate program. Students are beginning their search for a paid, or unpaid internship from May 8 to August 20, 2023, requiring a total of 160 hours worked.

Please create your posting via Humber’s Career Connect Job and Internship Portal by Friday, February 17. A quick step-by-step tutorial on how to navigate the website and post an opportunity is available here. If you have further questions or inquires, please contact Stephanie from Humber College directly.

*Note: all postings that come through will be reviewed and approved to ensure they are shared with the most applicable group of students.  

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If you have any questions about the submission process, please contact Ania Sawala, Member Services Specialist at