Creating new possibilities for aging in place

A first-of-its-kind centre advancing new models of social connection and accessible care for older adults living in the community.

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Our Mission

NORC Innovation Centre at University Health Network (UHN), Canada’s largest research hospital, has a bold mission to design the future of aging in place.

Canada’s urban areas are home to a large number of older adults, and more are choosing to downsize into apartments and condos than ever before.

With this shift comes the opportunity to rethink models of care to align with the natural density in these buildings, and enhance support for older adults to stay active, healthy and engaged.

The first-of-its-kind centre merges integrated care delivery with a community development approach to provide Canadians with new options for aging in place with dignity and choice.

Our Approach

Community-Led
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Community-Led

Our Model is rooted in mobilizing and empowering older adults, developing trusting relationships, and building on intergenerational strengths to create new solutions.

Integrated Health
and Social Care
Data-driven
Partnership-Based
Policy and Research

The Inaugural NORC Ambassador Program

Want to boost the community where you live?

We work alongside motivated residents to understand what your community might want and need to thrive, and support you in building a vibrant community that supports healthy aging. The Ambassador Program is the foundation of the work we do.

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Insights

We will regularly release research, tools and insight to shape the future of aging in place.

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Publication

It’s Time to Unleash the Power of Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORCs)

Recommendations developed by the National Institute on Ageing and NORC Innovation Centre for policymakers across Canada.

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Publication

Vertical Aging: The Future of Aging in Place in Urban Canada

Vertical Aging is a series of groundbreaking projects peering into the near-future of aging in place.

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Publication

Mobile On-Site COVID-19 Vaccination of Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities

Exploring targeting NORCs as an approach to protecting those at highest risk of COVID-19 hospitalization.

Keep updated with everything happening at the centre!

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NORC Innovation Centre is Canada’s first centre dedicated to advancing a 21st century model of integrated care in naturally-occurring retirement community (NORC) buildings. The Centre is based out of the University Health Network (UHN) in Toronto, Canada.

Our Location

Toronto General Hospital
200 Elizabeth Street
Rm GNU403 (Offices)
Rm 13N1382 (Workshop)
Toronto, Ontario M5G 2C4

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