Priorities & Projects

Family Councils Ontario (FCO) works to represent the interests of Family Councils at a broader level through involvement in initiatives at the system level of long-term care. We continually seek opportunities to inform policy to improve the quality of life in long-term care and foster partnerships and relationships to increase impact.

  • CLRI: The Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation (CLRI) in long-term care “enhance the quality of care in the long-term care sector through education, research, innovation, evidence-based service delivery and knowledge transfer." Through our involvement in the CLRI Stakeholder Advisory Group and other CLRI initiatives, FCO supports the ongoing success of the CLRIs and ensures that the voices of families are included in their work.
  • BSO: as an active member of the Behavioural Supports Ontario Provincial Steering Committee, we advise and guide the accountability structure for Behavioural Supports Ontario which prioritizes the centrality of person-family directed care and fosters the implementation of system-wide best practices.

Past efforts include:

  • Membership in the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Enhanced Long-Term Care Home Renewal Strategy (Enhanced Strategy) and Long-Term Care Stakeholder Liaison Committee (LTCSLC)
  • Active participation on the Long Term Care Task Force on Resident Care and Safety
  • Membership on the Residents First Steering Committee
  • 2012 FCO research project on innovative practices and approaches to food, activities and care in long-term care within the framework of intersectionality.

Throughout each of these initiatives FCO staff bring the voices of families to the table and keep families up to date with these initiatives through regular email updates. FCO has also played a key role in gathering input from families and creating opportunities for getting family input to Ministry initiatives through hosting teleconferences, focus groups and encouraging and supporting families in their communities to be involved when opportunities arise.

To share your thoughts with us on issues facing long-term care residents, families, and staff, email us at In order to bring the voices of families to the various tables at which we are involved, we need to hear from you. Contact us today.