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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 initiatives.

Mission Statement

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.


GOAL 1  

To be a trusted, credible, well respected, efficient & effective organization.


GOAL 2  

To be a self-sustaining/stable funded organization.


GOAL 3  

To be a recognized leader in resources/supports for community based older adult centres.


GOAL 4  

To be an effective advocate/lobbyist to all levels of government on the issues of older adult centres.


GOAL 5   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.

We Provide

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 adult centres
  • Older Adult Centre Standards
  • Resource material and a resource library
  • Email List Serve program that provides up to the minute information

On Going Projects

  • Research "Building Bridges to Tomorrow" project (Trillium grant)
  • Advocacy
  • 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 adult population.


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.

Board Information

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.

Board Members


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