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Program Code: RH511
Credential: Ontario Graduate Certificate
Program Length: 3 semesters
Start Dates: September

Program Overview

Imagine having a job where every day you can make a difference in someone’s life while working with the young at heart; and you knew that your career future would be full of opportunity and growth.

If you have work experience, a diploma or degree in business, culinary, hospitality, health care, food and nutrition or finance, there is a career waiting for you in Retirement Home Management. In two semesters, plus a field placement, this Ontario Graduate Certificate program will give you the transferrable business skills you need to apply your prior experience and education so that you can launch your career into the booming Retirement Home industry.

Retirement Homes are very different from Long Term Care or Nursing Homes, where support is provided on a daily basis and residents may be housed in multi-resident spaces.  A Retirement Home includes multiple private residences within a single dwelling where residents live independently but interact frequently for recreation, meals and common interests - some are even like working in a resort or on a cruise ship, where the guests live year-round!

The Canadian Retirement Home industry is forecast to double in the next five years as Canada experiences a surge in aging baby boomers. This rapid expansion is creating an industry-wide need for qualified staff and retirement home managers.

Guided by industry leaders (Verve Senior Living, Chartwell Retirement Residences, Revera Retirement Living, Delmanor, Schlegel Villages, Amica Senior Lifestyles, Sienna Senior Living and others) and taught by faculty experts, courses include the foundational skills in the areas of leadership; hospitality; sales and marketing; health, wellness and recreation; food and nutrition; finance; and human resource management.

A 160-hour field placement in a retirement home community allows you to fully apply and reinforce your learning in order to launch your career.

If you are ready to prepare for an exciting role that provides just as much personal reward as career success, then apply now to the Humber Retirement Home Management Ontario Graduate Certificate Program.

Courses Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  1. Analyze budget revenue and expenses in order to assess alignment with target set and inform strategic recommendations.
  2. Implement organizational strategies, policy and procedure that meet the psychological, physiological, social and spiritual needs of seniors including those requiring memory care.
  3. Communicate with a diverse retirement home population including staff, family and residents in a manner that supports a caring and inclusive environment for all residents.
  4. Implement proper nutrition standards based on evidence based assessment of resident dietary needs.
  5. Develop and promote marketing materials using strategies that build and enhance retirement communities.
  6. Plan and implement operational strategies in Retirement Communities sector that meet regulatory and legal requirements.
  7. Design and implement operational strategies in facilities management, risk management and environmental planning that promotes continuous quality assurance.
  8. Manage employee relations within a human resources framework using leadership principles and in accordance with ethical, legal and professional standards and requirements.
  9. Apply practices within the retirement community that contributes to the local and global community through social responsibility, economic commitment and environmental stewardship.


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Work Placement

This program will provide students with the hands-on practical exposure to the retirement home industry and the opportunity to specialize in their chosen area. It consists of a 160 hour placement in an approved retirement community of the student's choice. Students will have an opportunity to observe and learn from experienced professionals in a real-life work setting, while integrating their classroom learning in order to gain required hands on experience.  Students have the support of a faculty internship co-ordinator and are able to apply to a variety of retirement communities run by our industry partners. They also have the opportunity to seek an employer for an approved internship. This work placement will take place after the second semester. 

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Apply now for your first Graduate Certificate and get the opportunity for early admittance* into a second program in the following year. Stack your education to potentially earn credits that will lessen your course load in year two, allowing you to work or spend more time immersing yourself in Canadian culture! Extend your stay and double your employability skills through two work terms across two business programs. The extra year of studies will give you qualifications for a potential 3-year postgraduate work permit.

Program Highlights

  • The program and curriculum have been developed by high-level industry leaders
  • Program advisory committee members have been recognized by the Ontario Retirement Communities Association (ORCA) as high-level leaders in the industry
  • Program faculty are working in the industry while teaching, bringing valuable experience into the classroom
  • The curriculum includes all functional areas of retirement home management as well as career readiness training
  • Program partnerships with the key players in the industry enhances field placements, bursaries, guest speakers, field trips and networking opportunities toward relevant experience and employment

Students will graduate with hands-on experience and knowledge of the retirement home sector and functional operational areas within the industry and a retirement home/community.


Join the Workforce of Tomorrow

The retirement home sector is an amazing career destination! Dynamic, flexible, fun, smart, exciting - with opportunity for growth.

Watch the video to see why other students have chosen a career in the Retirement Home industry!

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Career Highlights

Make a meaningful impact on the lives of seniors while using your management skills to lead teams and meet organizational goals in a very positive way.

Working in Retirement Home Management, you could lead dynamic teams dedicated to providing excellence in resident care. With overall responsibility for the day-to-day operations, you will work closely with teams to maintain a positive resident-centric culture, promote an understanding of best practices, play a key leadership and collaborative role in quality improvement and ensure ongoing compliance with governing legislation and regulations while working within the organization's budgetary requirements.

Your key responsibilities could include:

  • Ensuring the development of an empowered and motivated staff through effective recruiting, coaching, training management, conflict resolution, participation in labour-management relations and effective team management practices.
  • You could be in charge of staff scheduling and ensuring appropriate training requirements are met. Management duties may include organizing tours for prospective residents and their families, and the management of the admissions process as well as policies and procedures, reflective of daily operations.
  • Management roles typically include the development of strategic plans and goal setting plans, recommendations for future enhancements and changes in policies and processes to achieve quality improvement goals as well as deploying financial resources within budgets.

Core competencies:

Core competencies include team leadership, communication, organization and planning.

Your Career

The Ontario Retirement Communities Association (ORCA) anticipates that within the next five years the retirement home sector will grow dramatically.  New homes are being built and others are expandingThis growth means that there will be additional 5,000 jobs in the sector. With this industry growth on the horizon, career prospects in this area are very promising. 

Program Availability

Start dates between Sept 2023 - Aug 2024
START DATE LOCATION STATUS
September 2023 North Open
Start dates between Sept 2023 - Aug 2024
START DATE LOCATION STATUS
September 2023 North Open

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Applicants must meet all the requirements below in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission. Admission decisions will be available via MyHumber, or by email and mail. Admission decisions will not be released by phone.

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    • A bachelor’s degree, advanced diploma, diploma or equivalent  

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  • domestic: $6,340.24
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