Be the trusted voice

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

A better future, together

Our voice is clear and impactful to effect social change.

We are lifelong learners and game-changing advocates. We sustain strong relationships and networks of influence across Canada. We fund research and drive advocacy to advance the interests of seniors and increase their contribution to society at every age.


4 new partnerships help deepen impact

We welcomed four new partners to the RTOERO community in 2022:

Canadian Foundation of Economic Education
Fédération des aînés et des retraités francophones de l’Ontario
Canadian Medication Appropriateness and Deprescribing Network

Our partners help us to ensure we’re providing the best value and information to RTOERO members, and we’re grateful for our collaborations.

Speaking with one voice during election campaigns

RTOERO used its digital platform to encourage voters to speak with one voice on issues of dignity and survival during two provincial elections (Ontario, Quebec) and two municipal elections (BC, Ontario) in 2022. The messaging centred around RTOERO’s advocacy issues of senior’s strategy, geriatric healthcare and environmental stewardship to drive home to candidates the importance of compassionate leadership and real action.

Webinars build common language, understanding

In 2022, we welcomed more than 3,827 attendees at 10 webinars to continue to build our shared understanding of issues that matter to RTOERO members. Expert speakers pushed our thinking on topics ranging from finances to ageism and human rights. Feedback is positive—more than 90 per cent of attendees view RTOERO as a trusted voice. Some past webinars are available on our website, and now members will have exclusive access to recordings through our learning management system, RTOERO Learning.


Expanding our reach with elected officials

Last year, we met with 97 federal and provincial elected officials and senior government staff to discuss our key advocacy issues. In spring, our first Day on the Hill event took place virtually with federal officials in Ottawa. In fall, we returned to in-person for our sixth-annual Vibrant Voices Advocacy Day at Queen’s Park in Ontario. By fostering strong connections with policymakers, we’re helping to ensure RTOERO members' voices are heard and needs are addressed at all levels of government.

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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Our key advocacy issues

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 irrefutable 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.

Thought leadership on topics of importance

Healthy aging

In a society that values youth and physical appearance, aging can sometimes be viewed as undesirable. However, the reality is that everyone ages, and it's a natural part of life. Canada will soon be a super-aged society—20 per cent of the population will be over age 65 by 2024. There has never been a more critical time to focus on healthy aging. It’s essential for society as a whole to prioritize this issue.

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Retirement journey

Retirement is no longer a one-size-fits-all concept. Today's retirees are embracing the 'third age' as an opportunity for self-care, adventure, learning, and making a positive impact. The traditional notion of retirement is being redefined, with many unconventional stories emerging. Preparing for retirement goes beyond financial planning, and it's important to consider the many opportunities and possibilities that the 'third age' can offer.

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Maintaining good health and financial stability are key priorities for most people, but healthcare costs can be a significant drain on personal budgets, particularly in retirement. While Canada has universal healthcare coverage, it doesn’t cover all procedures, treatments, and prescriptions that may be necessary as we age. Many retirees may not be fully prepared to handle the costs of healthcare. Having insurance can offer peace of mind and prevent potential financial hardships.

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A society can only be considered truly great if it is great for everyone. This means that all organizations and individuals must work together to dismantle systems of oppression and create equity. Ageism is a particularly concerning issue, with significant individual and societal consequences. When ageism intersects with other biases, it can exacerbate oppression and further marginalize individuals from equity-deserving groups. We are committed to addressing this issue and promoting equity for all.

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