Our Community  

Welcome! Thanks for checking out the NORC Community of Practice. 

We are a group of like-minded individuals and organizations with the intent to share experiences, knowledge, resources and best practices related to Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORCs), NORC-based programs, optimal aging and aging in place.

Canada is aging and by 2036 older adults will represent 25% or more of the total population1. The majority of older adults (>92%) live in the community and wish to remain at home as long as possible2; however, almost one quarter of older adults report feeling isolated, and half anticipate they will require support in the next 5-10 years3. therefore, it is important for us to consider ways in which we can best support the growing aging population in Canadas so they can continue to live and participate in their chosen communities. 

Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities or NORCs are "housing developments that are not planned or designed for older people, but which over time come to house largely older people"4.

NORC-based programs or NORC-SSPs are "community-level interventions in which older adults, building owners and managers, service providers, and other community partners create a network of services and volunteer opportunities to promote aging in place"5.

Optimal aging refers to the capacity for an individual to function, whether physically, cognitively, emotionally, social or spiritually, to one's satisfaction6.

Aging in place means an individual has the supports and services that allow them to live safely and independently in their community or home for as long as they desire and are able7.


Are you a member of a NORC? Interested in starting a NORC-program in your community? A researcher working in these topics areas? A private landlord looking to get involved? A community organization looking to connect to NORCs in your region? Sign-up today to join our growing community and receive regular communications from our group.