Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORCs)

About

Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities or NORCs are geographical regions with a large number of older adults living in them. 

NORCs can be areas where older adults move because of the amenities it provides - for example, close to shopping centres or public transit. Or NORCs can be communities where people have aged together - at one time they lived there with families and young children, but have remained in the area over time.

NORCs can be described as horizontal (e.g., neighbourhoods) or vertical (e.g., apartment buildings).

NORC Mapping

In 2021-2022, our research team mapped all NORCs across the province of Ontario using Canadian Census data. 

These maps are publicly available and are intended for use by diverse stakeholders including but not limited to researchers, policy developers and city planners. 

If you have questions about these maps, contact oasis.study@queensu.ca 

Map of Ontario NORCs - 2021

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Map of NORCs in Ontario - 2006

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Map of NORCs in Ontario - 2016

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Map of NORCs in Ontario - 2011

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