Be the trusted voice

We are the recognized voice and leading benefits provider for the education retiree community in Canada.

Vibrant Voices

Our voice is clear and impactful to effect social change.

We sustain strong relationships and networks of influence across Canada. Older adults are the fastest-growing age group in Canada. Together with our members and partners, we advocate for critical policy improvements to address urgent needs now and create a more secure and compassionate future for everyone.

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RTOERO advocates for changes to long-term residential care

April 2020 - RTOERO wrote to all federal, provincial and territorial ministers of health, premiers and the prime minister to urge immediate and long-term action to improve long-term residential care. We also asked all levels of government to work together once the pandemic was contained to provide quality, publicly-resourced long-term residential care for older adults in Canada.

Virtual Queen’s Park Advocacy Day

October 2020 - RTOERO recognized the International Day of Older Persons on Oct. 1 with our 4th annual Vibrant Voices Queen’s Park Advocacy Day in Ontario. This was our first virtual advocacy event. Members of the board of directors, Political Advocacy Committee and senior staff connected online with more than 25 government officials to discuss our three advocacy issues.

Future focus

Where we’ll be in 2025:

70% of stakeholders view RTOERO as a national authority on retirement and seniors issues.

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Geriatric health care

Canada’s population is aging. In 2012, almost one in seven Canadians was a senior. Now the number is more than one in six. By 2030, that will jump to nearly one in four. Our health care system (and social systems) needs to re-think how to address the rising needs of this huge demographic.

Seniors strategy

Older Canadians are the fastest-growing segment of our population, but gaps in healthcare and social policies are creating barriers to seniors’ independence and inclusion. A coordinated National Seniors Strategy, with dedicated funding and accountable goals, will ensure we meet the evolving needs of seniors.

Environmental stewardship

Responsible use of resources, conservation, protecting our air, land and water — improving in all areas is critical to a sustainable future. In the face of irreputable evidence, some powerful people and industry leaders dismiss and confound the situation. Yet there is reason to celebrate. We can make a difference and motivate others to make a difference.