The Older Adult Centres' Association of Ontario,
which was founded in 1973, is an incorporated non-profit provincial
organization and a registered charity. The OACAO is funded entirely
through membership fees, business partnerships, educational training
ventures, management of special projects and various revenue generation
The OACAO is a recognized leader in the development
of quality services, resources and supports for our network of community
based older adult centres.
The OACAO has a membership of 145 centres, organizations
and individuals involved in working with older adults representing
over 300 staff and 150,000 older adults across Ontario.
To be a trusted, credible, well respected, efficient &
To be a self-sustaining/stable funded organization.
To be a recognized leader in resources/supports for community
based older adult centres.
To be an effective advocate/lobbyist to all levels of government
on the issues of older adult centres.
||To support centres in meeting Government reporting
requirements and to set standards to assure that OACAO members
deliver quality experiences to older adults in our community.
The OACAO Board has created a new service for non-members of the OACAO.
By completing the attached registration form and paying an admin fee of $90,
Canadian non-profit organizations, who don't primarily serve older adults,
can now access the OASSIS benefit plan through us.
Click here to download form.
- Ongoing liaison and advocacy with government and
other provincial associations in matters which affect older adult
centres and older adults
- Education programs for members through workshops
- A Newsletter which promotes the exchange of information
and ideas among the members
- An Annual Provincial Conference with speakers,
workshops and resources
- Facilitation of inter - Centre visits
- Valuable networking with others who work in older
- Older Adult Centre Standards
- Resource material and a resource library
- Email List Serve program that provides up to the
On Going Projects
- Research "Building Bridges to Tomorrow"
project (Trillium grant)
- Professional Development
- Publications in the field of aging
- Educational programs
- Membership Profile
- Information and Active Living Fairs
A Centre is . . .
A community facility that provides a diversity of
activities and services in response to the needs of local older
The Association was first organized in 1973 as the
Senior Citizens Centres' Association of Ontario (SCCAO) based on
the common concerns of those working in Seniors' Centres. In 1982,
the Association was incorporated under the name of the Older Adult
Centres' Association of Ontario as a not for profit corporation
with Charitable Status.
The OACAO is extremely proud to have started the
Ontario Senior Games program in Ontario in 1983 and to have been
directly affiliated with the OSGA until 1995 when the OSGA established
their own office. Older Adult Centres in Ontario are active in the
senior games program through the promotion, development and operation
of senior games events.
The OACAO Board of Directors provides direction and
support to staff and volunteers who are responsible for the day
to day operation of the organization and the development and implementation
of a variety of initiatives and projects that reflect the mission,
goals and objectives of the association. The Board of Directors
meets 4 times per year.
The Board is composed of an Executive of 7 members,
elected at the Annual Meeting of the Association, 16 Regional Representatives,
elected at the Annual Meeting of each Region and the Chairpersons
of the Standing Committees.
The Association divides the province into 8 regions,
with 2 representatives from each region, a staff member and a senior,
being elected from the region to sit on the Board of Directors.
The role of the Regional Representative is to be a liaison between
the Board and the region, to develop training and education programs
in the region and to play an active role in maintaining existing
members and soliciting new members.
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