Tools and Publications
Tools to make the Most of Your Residents’ Council Meetings
The tools listed below are designed to enable resident discussion, provide structure, and educate on rights, roles and responsibilities the Residents’ Council has through the Long-Term Care Homes Act,2007.
Agenda and Minute Template
OARC’s Provisional Agenda and Minute Template were designed to assist you in planning and facilitating meaningful Residents’ Council meetings. These templates will:
- enable robust discussion and communication among residents
- support ongoing communication between Residents’ Council and management
- educate residents and staff on rights, roles and responsibilities the Residents’ Council has through the Long-term Care Homes Act, 2007
- illustrate consistency in meeting structure
- ensure consistency in minute keeping for ease of review
- ensure all areas of life in your long-term care home have been captured for discussion
Provisional Agenda (Word Version):
Minute Template (Word Version):
Minute Template (PDF Version with Legislation Notes):
Minute Template Tips and Hints (PDF Version):
Opening Guidelines and Closing Remarks (Word Version):
Supporting Your Home’s Residents’ Council: A Resource Guide for Residents’ Council Leadership and Staff Assistants
A comprehensive best practices guide written to align with the Long-Term Care Homes Act, and to demonstrate best practices through embracing culture change. The guide was written in consultation with residents and staff members in long-term care homes.
To Order a Hard Copy of the Resource Guide
To order hard copies of the guide, in French or English, for $35.00 each (shipping included), please download and complete the order form and forward with payment (by cheque or money order) to OARC.
Download the Complete Resource Guide:
Download Sections of the Resource Guide:
Ontario Legislation and Residents’ Councils
OARC has highlighted excerpts from the LTCHA, 2007 and Regulation 79/10 addressing specific clauses that outline the rights, roles and responsibilities of residents as members of Residents’ Councils. OARC has provided brief explanations in blue text to assist you in understanding these critical aspects of the law.
Understanding Our Law and Residents’ Councils: Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007 (PDF Version):
For more information on the Long Term Care Homes Act, 2007 please visit
For more information about LTCHA Act, 2007 Regulation 79/10, please visit
EVERY RESIDENT BOOKLET – a booklet on the Bill of Rights for people who live in Ontario long-term care homes produced by CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario).
To order FREE copies please visit www.cleo.on.ca or call CLEO at 416-408-4420
To view FREE online PDF please visit
RESIDENTS RIGHTS BOOKLET
Printing and making your very own Residents Bill of Rights pocket sized booklet.
Step 1. Open PDF
Step 2. Print pages 1 to 2
Step 3. Manually flip pages 1 and 2 over and feed or place into printer.
Step 4. Print pages 3 to 4
* You will be double siding PDF pages 1 with page 3, and page 2 with page 4
Step 5. Fold your two printed pages, where "FOLD" is indicated
Step 6. Cut along the dotted lines to make 4 separate sheets
Step 7. Stack sheets on top of each other and staple at fold/center
You've just created your very own Residents Bill of Rights booklet, Enjoy!
SEASONS - a quarterly newsletter containing news and information of interest to those living and working in long-term care homes. OARC IN ACTION – a brief one to two page communication, published on an as needed basis, containing news and information of interest to those living and working in long-term care homes.
Please note that OARC publications are available in French upon request.
Ontario Association of Residents' Councils
80 Fulton Way, Suite 201
Richmond Hill, ON L4B 1J5
Toll Free: 1-800-532-0201