100 Years - Our Story

Celebrating 100 Incredible Years
In 1919, a small group of committed individuals, fueled by a desire to improve care for seniors, came together to form the Association of Managers of the Homes for Aged and Infirm. From those humble beginnings came the strong, vibrant association that AdvantAge Ontario is today. We are proud of our history, and together with our members we will continue to advance senior care.
1919
> Association of Managers of the Homes for Aged and Infirm is incorporated

1920
> Association of Managers of the Homes for Aged and Infirm holds first meeting in Welland

1943
> Association expands to include charitable institutions

1947
> Homes for the Ages Act passed – Homes of Refuge becomes Homes for the Aged

1949
> Homes for the Aged Act revised; Forced labour of residents outlawed, medical services provided

1950-1970
> Increase in the number of “charitable” homes – many with an ethnic, cultural and religious affiliation join the Association

1952
> Association changes its name to “The Ontario Association of Managers and Matrons of Homes for the Aged”

1961
> Association changes its name to “Ontario Association of Homes for the Aged”

1961-1970
> Association’s members pioneer the development of many unique programs – including group and satellite homes, tie-ins with independent and semi-independent living units, adult daycare, community support services such as home help, Meals-on-Wheels and transportation services

1970-1980
> Association moves to advocate improved legislation to benefit the aged

1980-1984
> Association initiates innovative management tools for homes for the aged

1984
> Association expands to include non-profit nursing homes, hostels, apartments, hospitals providing long term care and home support services for the elderly

1987
> Members vote for new name “Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors”, to reflect changing mandate and non-profit status
> Norma Rudy publishes “For Such a Time as This,” the only comprehensive history of not-for-profit senior care in Ontario

1989
> Membership approves the Strategic Plan for the Association

1991
> New General Operating By-law approved, replacing Constitution

1992
> Regional boundaries restructured

1993
> Province proclaims Bill 101 bringing about fundamental changes to homes for the aged

1994-1995
> Focus on long term care reform, particularly advocating for adequate facility funding

1996-1997
> Commenced Governance Review, looking at Board, Regions and Committee structure, along with governance process. Initiated work to create resource development supports to help members with their capital and operational needs

1997-1998
> Two advocacy initiatives pursued. The first resulted in an increase in funding for facilities by $100 million in July 1997. The second was a major lobby effort mounted with other partners to secure a commitment to expand all long term care services, including supportive housing, by $2.5 billion over an eight-year period. This announcement included support for renovation of existing and construction of new homes

1999
> New Policy Governance Structure in effect

2002
> Secured $100 million in new operating dollars for facilities
> Raised political and public visibility of not-for-profit care and services for seniors; developed consumer outreach program including public-sector campaign and enhanced consumer web presence

2004
> Government’s 2004 investment to long term care homes included a significant equalization component in the distribution of funding
> Thanks to our advocacy, homes received significant base increases that continue today

2006
> Local Health Integration Network (LHINs) legislation enacted creating 14 non-profit organizations designed to plan, coordinate and fund the delivery of health care services across the province

2007
> Bill 140, the proposed Long-Term Care Homes Act is introduced; The Act amalgamates three existing pieces of legislation

2008
> Long-Term Care Homes Act receives Royal Assent

2009
> Initial Long-Term Care Homes Act Draft Regulations issued
> Compliance Transformation announced
> OANHSS Benchmarking Survey launched

2010
> Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007 comes into force
> Implementation of OANHSS LTCHA and Regulation Member Support Project
> Retirement Homes Act receives Royal Assent

2011
> Release of Phase 2 OANHSS LTCHA Member Support Project
> OANHSS call for capacity planning in Federal and Provincial election messaging
> Roll out of Behavioural Supports Ontario
> Attention on prevention of elder abuse: Establishment of LTC Task Force on Resident Care and Safety; roll out of Ministry Education on Reporting of Abuse and Neglect
> New reports and initiative shaping Seniors Care and Services: Walker Report; Drummond Report; MOHLTC Seniors Strategy
> Retirement Homes Act provisions establishing Retirement Home Regulatory Authority in effect

2012
> Ontario’s Action Plan for Health Care released
> Report of the Long-Term Care Task Force on Resident Care and Safety released
> Retirement Homes Act provisions allowing licensing in effect
> OANHSS Life Lease Guide for Consumers
> Provincial budget includes OANHSS recommendations for increase in preferred accommodation rates and convalescent care per diem, and flexibility between NPC and PSS envelopes

2013
> Living Longer, Living Well Report by Dr. Samir Sinha released

2014
> Provincial budget commits to end property tax for all not-for-profit LTC homes. This put all NFPs on equal footing

2015
> In Carter v Canada, the Supreme Court of Canada declares as void the prohibitions in the Criminal Code related to physician-assisted death. For the purpose of implementing the Carter Decision, the Federal government introduced Bill > C-14, An Act to Amend the Criminal Code of Canada and to make Amendments to Other Acts
> Patients First: A Proposal to Strengthen Patient-Centred Health Care in Ontario, released by MOHLTC. Of note, the Ministry proposes to expand the role of LHINs including moving all CCAC functions into the LHINs

2017
> Implementation of Bill 160
> Aging with Confidence: Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors
> Proposed Regulations relating to Inclusionary Zoning
> Association formally launches new name “AdvantAge Ontario” at Annual Convention
> The provincial budget promised key investments for the sector and hit the mark on long standing Association priorities: 4 hours of care; new beds; and, increased food funding

2018
> Government announces 6,000 new beds as part of 15,000 over next five years
> AdvantAge Ontario receives standing in the Long-Term Care Homes Public Inquiry

2019
> AdvantAge Ontario celebrates 100 years of advocating for not-for-profit senior care