Retirement Communities Management

Algonquin College
1 year
Graduate diploma / certificate
Scholarships available
Algonquin College

About this program

Retirement Communities Management

The Retirement Communities Management Ontario College Graduate Certificate program provides the specialized skills and knowledge to help you meet the demand for skilled managers in the retirement communities field.

Learn from seasoned industry professionals. The program aligns curriculum with Ontario`s Retirement Homes Act, 2010 and prepares you for entry into this expanding field, or advancement within retirement communities.

Discover the organizational structures and day-to-day operations within the industry, including:

  • human resources
  • recruitment
  • fiscal management
  • resident care
  • food service operations
  • marketing
  • recreation activities
  • legislation and regulatory bodies

Apply management skills related to all of these areas through activities, case studies and industry work. Plan, implement and execute fiscal and operational strategies, to optimize organizational efficiency. Focus also includes knowledge of resident care best practices.

Admission requirements

Program Eligibility

  • Ontario College Diploma, Ontario College Advanced Diploma, Degree or equivalent in one of the preferred subject areas; OR
  • A minimum of three (3) years relevant management/work experience: Applicants will be assessed individually, and will be required to complete an Eligibility Package. Eligibility Package submission details can be found on the Algonquin College Additional Admission Requirements
    • Health Science/Community Services
    • Food and Nutrition Management
    • Nursing
    • Recreation and Leisure
    • Hospitality and Tourism, with Accommodation or Food and Beverage
    • Business Administration
  • Applicants with international transcripts must provide proof of the subject-specific requirements noted above, and may be required to provide proof of language proficiency. Domestic applicants with international transcripts must be evaluated through the International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS) or World Education Services (WES).
  • IELTS-International English Language Testing Service (Academic) Overall band of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each band; OR TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT)-overall 88, with a minimum of 22 in each component: Reading 22; Listening 22; Speaking 22; Writing 22.

This program is well suited for students who:

  • Are motivated to lead.
  • Possess a compassionate and gentle approach.
  • Are customer-service oriented.
  • Possess strong organizational, time management and communication skills.
  • Have strong problem solving skills.
  • Adapt well to change.
  • Are interested in life-long learning.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

Does this course require proof of English proficiency?

The TOEFL iBT® test is accepted by 11,500 universities and higher education institutions in over 160 countries. Book your test today!

Learn more Advertisement

Program content

Level: 01

  • Recreation/Lifestyle and Hospitality Management
  • Retirement Community Management
  • Financial and Business Management
  • Human, Resources Management
  • Sales and Marketing for Retirement Communities

Level: 02

  • Communication and Customer Services
  • Environmental Services
  • Field Placement-Retirement Community Management
  • Resident Care Best Practices
  • Retirement Communities Legislation and Regulatory Bodies
  • Entrepreneurship

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


For more information about tuition fees, please visit the college website. 


Credential: Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Plan and implement strategies and leadership practices in the retirement communities sector to enhance operations.
  2. Analyze, forecast, and budget revenue and expense targets, to recommend effective strategies for the organization.
  3. Develop and promote sales and marketing strategies to attract and retain suitable seniors to retirement communities.
  4. Design and implement facilities management, continuous quality improvement, life safety and environmental capacity plans, for the effective operation of a retirement community.
  5. Enhance employee and management relations in accordance with ethical standards, current laws, regulations and professional needs, to establish a human resource management framework.
  6. Identify and promote awareness of the psychological, physiological, social and spiritual needs of seniors.
  7. Assess, plan, and implement proper nutrition standards for residents.
  8. Communicate effectively with staff, family and residents to create a caring and inclusive environment.
  9. Coordinate and manage human and physical resources present in a retirement community.
  10. Identify and apply discipline-specific practices that contribute to the local and global community through social responsibility, economic commitment and environmental stewardship.

Career paths

Graduates enhance their existing practice, expand career opportunities and remain current to work in the retirement community field. Graduates possessing previous related experience may find entry-level positions contributing to retirement communities as retirement community assistant managers, administrators or program leads in health related fields - administration, human resources management and long-term care associated non-clinical administration.

Message the school

Want to know more about this program, Retirement Communities Management? Fill out the following form and include any questions you have. This information will be sent directly to the school, and a representative will respond to your enquiry.
Currently living in *
Nationality *

reCAPTCHA logo This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

About this institute

Algonquin College

Consider Algonquin’s unique campuses Algonquin College, located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, offers an experience that includes personalized learning and industry-ready skills through field-work, work placement and co-op.  With more than 300 programs, including degrees and graduate certificates, we have the...

Read more about this school

Why study at Algonquin College

Canada ranked #1 study abroad country

Canada has been ranked the #1 study abroad country in the world for 2020! Known for its untouched natural beauty, friendly and welcoming locals, and a culture of tolerance and diversity, Canada is a clear choice for students looking to study abroad.

Contact info

Algonquin College

1385 Woodroffe Avenue
K2G 1V8 Ottawa Ontario

Message the school

Want to know more about Retirement Communities Management? Fill out the following form and we'll pass your details on to a representative from the school, who will respond to your enquiry.


Be the first to write a review!