Strategies, tools and programs to help you build and sustain affordable seniors' housing

Whether you're looking to expand your seniors' housing capacity or provide more robust supports to seniors already living in your homes, this three-part series is for you. Hear first-hand how Ontario seniors' housing leaders are getting new spaces built and providing improved access to crucial services for existing residents.
  • Community Supports

    Learn more about the Ontario Community Support Program and find out how your residents may be able to access crucial services including food and medication delivery.

  • Navigating Red Tape

    Hear how one AdvantAge Ontario member organization planned, funded and navigated red tape to build dozens of new affordable seniors’ housing units in the Waterloo region.

  • Renovating Older Buildings

    Hear how one Ontario leader converted an older LTC building into seniors' housing more than a decade ago, and learn how you can take on a large-scale transformation like this, too.

Course Curriculum

This course was originally delivered as a live webinar in September 2022 and contains an estimated three hours of education.

  1. 1
    • Community Support Services: What's Available for Seniors' Housing Residents

    • How We Did It: Affordable Seniors' Housing at Parkwood Mennonite

    • A Fresh Start for Old Buildings: Repurposing LTC Homes for Seniors' Housing


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Deborah Simon

CEO, Ontario Community Support Association

The Ontario Community Support Association represents the home and community support sector in Ontario. OCSA members are community based, not-for-profit organizations that provide services to help people live at home.

Lucy Sheehan

Executive Director, Thrive Group

Lucy has built her career working in the community and social service sector for over 30 years, holding progressive leadership positions. Lucy oversees all operational departments of two organizations that support up to 2000 clients across 15 assisted living, supportive housing and congregate living sites and six outreach programs in five geographic regions.

Diane Duncan

Executive Director, Senior Persons Living Connected

Diane’s 25-year career spans community-based healthcare, hospice, support services, and affordable housing. As Executive Director with Senior Persons Living Connected (SPLC), Diane leads a community organization offering a basket of care and services, and managing 400 subsidized rental and life lease housing units. Collectively, these offer options for ageing at home for thousands of diverse seniors. SPLC’s culturally appropriate, wrap-around supports range from prevention and active living programs, to supports at home, supportive housing programs, and specialized geriatric services for complex and frail seniors.

Elaine Shantz

CEO, Fairview Parkwood Communities

Elaine currently serves as the CEO of Fairview Parkwood Communities in Cambridge and Waterloo, respectively. Both are non-profit organizations. Her previous roles were in the private sector, serving as President of peopleCare Inc. and in progressive roles with Schlegel Villages and the Mennonite Savings and Credit Union (Kindred).