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The Ontario Association of Residents' Councils (OARC)

We are a non-profit association providing a network to strengthen the voice of residents living in long-term care through their respective Residents’ Councils.


We empower Ontario long-term care residents to understand their rights, share their lived experience, and inspire a better tomorrow. We do this by working together with our partners to educate stakeholders, build a collective voice, and create positive culture change.


Compassion – We demonstrate compassion by developing caring relationships that are built on acceptance, trust, and honesty.

Dignity - We embrace the inherent dignity of all people, and respect their right to be valued and accepted without judgement.

Inclusion – We are committed to ensuring that all residents are engaged and heard.

Collaboration - We know that we can accomplish more when we work together to achieve shared goals.


Every long-term care resident in Ontario shapes the place they call home.

Our Objectives Are To:

  • Support the formation and sustainability of Residents' Councils in all Homes in Ontario
  • Empower residents living in long-term care homes to participate in the operations of their homes and to be involved in decisions that affect their lives.
  • Identify key issues impacting residents living in long-term care and collaborate with provincial partners and key stakeholders to address these areas through policy and practices
  • Develop and make accessible education and tools to be used by Resident Leaders, Council Assistants and Administrators to enhance the operations of individual Councils and foster communication and collaboration among teams
  • Promote legislation which improves the quality of life for all residents
  • Assist and advise individual Councils


Jave Group Programs


Thank you to Java Group Programs and the Centres for Learning, Research & Innovation in Long-Term Care for supporting OARC’s Culture Change products and education programs. 



To find out more about how you can support OARC, please contact Dee Tripp, Executive Director dtripp@ontarc.com 1-800-532-0201 x 240.

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The views expressed in this publication are the views of OARC and do not necessarily reflect those of the Province.

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