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Long Term Care and Seniors Services Resource Links

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Advocacy Groups

  • Concerned Friends in Ontario in Long Term Care  For over 30 years Concerned Friends has been advocating for improvements in the long-term care system in Ontario on behalf of Ontario residents and families: Answer hundreds of confidential calls on our toll-free helpline; Meet with families and residents to reconcile long-term care issues; Your voice.
  • Family Councils Program in Ontario  Family Councils Ontario works with Family Councils in Long-Term Care Homes across Ontario. Our mission is to lead and support families in improving quality of life in Long-Term Care.
  • National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE)  NICE is an international network of researchers, practitioners and students dedicated to improving the care of older adults, both in Canada and abroad.

Age-Friendly Community

  • Age Friendly Community Planning Outreach  An age-friendly community (AFC) is a community where policies, services and physical spaces are designed to enable people of all ages to live in a secure and accessible physical and social environment. AFCs contribute to good health and allow people to continue to participate fully in society throughout their lifetime. The Ministry of Seniors Affairs (MSA) is helping to implement AFCs across the province through its Action Plan for Seniors and the Finding the Right Fit AFC Planning Guide and the AFC Planning Grant Program. 
  • Age-Friendly Simcoe County  From the World Health Organization (WHO) to our municipal government, there is a call for an age-friendly society.  The County of Simcoe recognizes the Age-Friendly Community (AFC) concept as an initiative that falls within their mandate and, in support of our aging population, has chosen to develop a framework for the communities that reside within its geographical area.  Developing a framework will help our community stakeholders identify, plan and address needs and priorities related to older adults in our area.  
  • Age-Friendly Services and Helpful Links to Services
  • Home For Life - Enabling Seniors to Stay at Home  Home for Life recruits and trains volunteers to provide some support services to people who need help to remain confident in their home as long as possible. Some of the services provided by volunteers are friendly visiting, dog walking, shopping assistance, meal preparation, lawn care, and driving to appointments.  Other Home for Life volunteers provide computer training to new users for things like: how to use a computer, surf the Internet, use email, and some free online services such as Skype which keep people connected to family and friends.
  • Seniors' Guide - Ontario Seniors Secretariat​  Find information on resources available for seniors in Ontario, including tax credits, health, caregiving, housing, driving and staying safe.


  • Advantage Ontario  AdvantAge Ontario is the trusted voice for senior care. We are community-based, not-for-profit organizations dedicated to supporting the best possible aging experience
  • Canadian Mental Health Association  The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), founded in 1918, is one of the oldest voluntary organizations in Canada. Each year, we provide services and supports to more than 1.3 million Canadians through the combined efforts of more than 11,000 volunteers and staff across Canada in over 330 communities.

  • Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority (RHRA) Reporting Website  By law, all retirement homes in Ontario are required to have a procedure for responding to complaints about the operation of the home. In addition, all staff members working in the home are required to be trained on the home’s complaints procedure. You can find the home’s complaints procedure in the information package provided to you or you can ask the home for a copy.

Federal Government Services

  • Government of Canada Benefits  Benefits Finder - Answer questions to get a customized list of benefits for which you may be eligible. The Benefits Finder may suggest benefits from federal, provincial or territorial governments, and does not collect or track your information. The more questions you answer, the more customized your results will be.
  • National Seniors Council  The National Seniors Council engages with seniors, stakeholders and experts to provide advice to the Government of Canada on current and emerging issues and opportunities related to the health, well-being and quality of life of seniors. The Council produces reports and publications based on their findings.
  • Service Canada  Service Canada provides Canadians with a single point of access to a wide range of government services and benefits. We are committed to improving services for Canadians by working with partners to provide access to the full range of government services and benefits that Canadians want and need through the Internet, by telephone, in person or by mail.
  • Seniors Canada Resources ​ Federal/Provincial/Territorial Ministers Responsible for Seniors Forum is an intergovernmental body established to share information, discuss new and emerging issues related to seniors, and work collaboratively on key projects.


Online Tools

  • Government of Canada - Canada Retirement Income Calculator  The Canadian Retirement Income Calculator will provide you with retirement income information, including the Old Age Security (OAS) pension and Canada Pension Plan (CPP) retirement benefits.
  • My Service Canada Account (MSCA)  Provides convenient and secure access to view and update your Employment Insurance (EI), Canada Pension Plan (CPP), and Old Age Security (OAS) information online.
  • Indigenous Services Canada (ISC)  works collaboratively with partners to improve access to high quality services for First Nations, Inuit and Métis. Our vision is to support and empower Indigenous peoples to independently deliver services and address the socio-economic conditions in their communities.
  • Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporatio (CMHC)  Backed by more than 70 years of experience, the CMHC works with community organizations, the private sector, non-profit agencies and all levels of government to help create innovative solutions to today's housing challenges, anticipate tomorrow's needs, and improve the quality of life for all Canadians.
  • Government of Canada - CanLearn  Information and tools designed to help you save, plan and pay for post-secondary education.
  • Government of Canada - Caregiver Information  Over 8 million Canadians currently care for someone they know and this number is expected to increase as a result of Canada’s aging population. You will likely need to support someone you know who has a physical disability, a mental health challenge, a long-term illness or a degenerative disease. Caring for someone else often means juggling personal commitments, work, family time and care responsibilities.
  • Government of Canada - New Horizons for Seniors Program   The growth in the population of seniors in Canada is accelerating, with the total number of seniors projected to reach approximately 10 million by 2036. Empowering seniors, encouraging them to share their knowledge, skills and experience with others in the community, and enhancing seniors' social well-being and community vitality are goals of the New Horizons for Seniors Program. The Program provides grants and contributions funding for projects led or inspired by seniors who want to make a difference in the lives of others and in their communities.
  • Government of Canada - People with Disabilities   Includes information on disability pensions and children’s benefits, savings plans and a gasoline tax refund program.
  • Government of Canada - Veteran Affairs Canada 
  • Living or Travelling Abroad in Retirement  Everything you need to know to prepare to leave Canada to live in a foreign country.  

Provincial Government Services

Public Reporting

Revenue Services

Safety and Security

  • Canadian Consumer Handbook  The Consumer Handbook is intended to help you become a better-informed and more confident consumer. It offers information on a wide range of topics such as online shopping, contracts, housing and home renovations, identity theft, collection agencies, and much more, to help you build your buying skills.
  • County of Simcoe Long Term Care and Seniors Services Resident, Family and Staff Safety
  • Government of Canada - Bruno and Alice - A Love Story about Seniors and Safety​  Injuries are responsible for the discomfort, hospitalization, disabilities, institutionalization, and even death of many Canadians in their senior years. A great number of these injuries are preventable and measures to prevent them should be the concern of health practitioners, governments and communities everywhere.  This series of twelve illustrated stories follows the whimsical romance of two active seniors who, through lack of prevention, end up in awkward situations and almost miss their rendez-vous with love. The stories offer insight into some of the personal preventive measures seniors can take to make their environment safer and prevent injuries.
  • Government of Canada - Preventing Falls in and Around Your Home  Anyone can fall, but the risk of falling becomes greater with age. There are a number of simple steps you can take in and around your home to help prevent falls and the injuries caused by falling.