Advocacy

One Powerful Voice: Representing the Interests of Ontario Seniors

MROO speaks on behalf of OMERS retirees. We share your views with OMERS and all levels of government, and represent our membership on legislative matters that affect retirees.

We advocate on your behalf and with your input in these areas:

  • OMERS plan governance and sustainability
  • Retirement income: public programs and policies
  • Seniors’ independent living: public policies and programs for home care and community support across Ontario
  • Long-Term Care options and public policies in Ontario and Federally with a focus on not-for-profit care
  • Healthcare coverage for seniors in Ontario and Nationally
  • MROO partners with like-minded not-for-profit organizations that represent the interests of seniors in Ontario. If you would like to partner with MROO, please contact us at marketing@mroo.org.

Advocacy Work

Housing in Ontario

1) In 2020 MROO established a Housing Support for Seniors Housing Committee to develop a strategy for Long Term Care housing in Ontario and advocate for other housing options for seniors. 

  • MROO’s Housing Support for Seniors Housing Committee (HSOS) is pleased to share the Ontario Long-Term Care COVID-10 Commission Final Report dated 2021.04.30
  • In January 2021, MROO sent a letter to the Minister of Long-Term Care Minister Fullerton, which discussed the interim recommendations in Long-Term Care Commission. You can find the letter from MROO, here.
  • In July 2021, MROO sent a follow-up letter to the Minister of Long-Term Care, Minister Phillips where MROO expressed full support of the recommendations in the Commission’s final report and highlighted and expressed support for specific areas of concern in long-term care in Ontario. You can find the letter here.
  • In October 2021, representatives from MROO attended LTC protests held across Ontario in partnership with the Ontario Healthcare Coalition. Find out more here.

Healthcare in Ontario

2) MROO continues to advocate for equitable and accessible healthcare for all Ontario seniors.

  • On April 29, 2020, MROO sent a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Doug Ford regarding COVID-19 relief efforts.
  • In 2020 and 2021 during the peak of the COVID-19 outbreak in Canada, MROO recognized a real need for assistance local Ontario communities. To address this growing need in our communities, MROO put together a donation program to help out local organizations during a very challenging time. In 2020, MROO donated a total of $63,000 to organization need across Ontario, and in 2021 MROO donated a total of $63,000 to local organization across Ontario. You can find out more about MROO's donations in 2020 here, and in 2021, here. 
  • Eye Care Ontario (2021): MROO sent out a letter to Minister Christine Elliott on July 30, 2021 regarding the dispute between the Ontario government and Ontario optometrists. You can find the letter here.