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Ministry provides base funding for Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation


OTTAWA, TORONTO, WATERLOO, Ont. (Thursday August 17, 2017) – The Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation (CLRI) in Long-Term Care are pleased to announce a new substantial investment from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.  The base funding allocated to CLRI 2.0 will support continued development and spread of innovations to enhance quality of care across the Ontario long-term care sector.


Baycrest Health Sciences, Bruyère Research Institute and the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging will continue to jointly progress the CLRI 2.0 agenda across the province. A provincial advisory group will be established to guide all three Centres. The mandate of CLRI 2.0 will focus heavily on innovation in education, knowledge mobilization, applied research and quality improvement.


“We are delighted that the MOHLTC will continue to support Ontario’s Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in LTC. This commitment will enhance the education and expertise of staff in long-term care and create opportunities for students to develop skills and enthusiasm regarding the care of older adults,” says Dr. David Conn, Vice-President, Education & Director, Centre for Education at Baycrest Health Sciences.


“We are thankful for this investment as it will benefit Ontarians across the province by supporting education, innovation and linking research to practice in long-term care in both official languages,” says Heidi Sveistrup, Interim President and CEO at Bruyère Research Institute.


“With this substantial Ministry investment, research and innovation will be accelerated and shared to benefit long-term care homes across the province,” says Josie d’Avernas, Executive Director at Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging.


About the Ontario Centres for Learning, Research, and Innovation in Long-Term Care

In September 2011, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care established three Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation within the host organizations Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging, Bruyère Research Institute and Baycrest Health Sciences. The Ontario CLRIs enhance quality of care in the long-term care sector through education, research, innovation, evidence based service delivery and design, and knowledge mobilization. For more information visit


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Media Contacts

Jonathan MacIndoe
Baycrest Health Sciences (Toronto)
416-785-2500 x 6579

Chantal Séguin
Bruyère Research Institute (Ottawa)
613-562-6262 ext. 4024

Hilary Dunn
Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (Waterloo)
519-904-0660 ext. 4104



Le ministère octroie un financement de base aux centres d’apprentissage, de recherche et d’innovation en Ontario


OTTAWA, TORONTO, WATERLOO,  le 17 août 2017. — Les centres d’apprentissage, de recherche et d’innovation (CARI) pour les foyers de soins de longue en Ontario sont heureux d’annoncer qu’ils ont reçu un financement substantiel du ministère de la Santé et des Soins de longue durée. Le financement de base alloué au CARI 2.0 appuiera le perfectionnement continu et la diffusion des innovations en matière d’amélioration de la qualité des soins de longue durée en Ontario.


Le Centre de la santé Baycrest, l’Institut de recherche Bruyère et l’Institut de recherche sur le vieillissement Schlegel-UW continueront de faire progresser le programme du CARI partout en province. Un comité consultatif provincial sera mis sur pied pour conseiller les trois centres. Le mandat du CARI 2.0 portera largement sur l’innovation dans le domaine de la formation, de la mobilisation du savoir, de la recherche appliquée et de l’amélioration de la qualité.


« Nous sommes ravis de savoir que le MSSLD continuera de soutenir les centres d’apprentissage, de recherche et d’innovation en SLD de l’Ontario. Cet investissement profitera au personnel des soins de longue durée par la formation et le perfectionnement qui seront offerts, et il sera aussi profitable aux étudiants qui ont des compétences à acquérir et qui sont enthousiastes à la perspective de donner des soins aux personnes âgées », explique le Dr David Conn, vice-président de la formation et directeur de la formation au Centre de la santé Baycrest.


« Nous sommes enchantés de cet investissement, car ce sont toutes les Ontariennes et tous les Ontariens qui en bénéficieront puisque les professionnels de la santé auront davantage de possibilités de formation, profiteront des concepts novateurs et pourront établir des liens entre la recherche et la pratique en soins de longue durée, et ce, dans les deux langues », ajoute Heidi Sveistrup, présidente-directrice générale intérimaire de l’Institut de recherche Bruyère.


Josie d’Avernas, directrice associée de l’Institut de recherche sur le vieillissement Schlegel-UW précise, quant à elle, que « Grâce à cet investissement substantiel du ministère, on pourra accélérer la recherche et l’innovation et diffuser les résultats pour en faire profiter tous les foyers de soins de longue durée en Ontario. »


À propos des Centres d’apprentissage, de recherche et d’innovation pour les foyers de soins de longue durée de l’Ontario

En septembre 2011, le ministère de la Santé et des Soins de longue durée de l’Ontario a créé trois centres d’apprentissage, de recherche et d’innovation, hébergés à même l’Institut de recherche sur le vieillissement Schlegel-UW, l’Institut de recherche Bruyère et le Centre de la santé Baycrest. En Ontario, les CARI œuvrent à l’amélioration de la qualité des soins de longue durée en appuyant la formation, la recherche, l’innovation, la prestation de service et la conception de programmes fondées sur des données probantes, et la mobilisation du savoir. Pour de plus amples renseignements, visitez le


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Personnesressources pour les médias :

Jonathan MacIndoe
Baycrest sciences de la santé (Toronto)
416-785-2500 x 6579

Chantal Séguin
Institut de recherche Bruyère (Ottawa)
613-562-6262, poste 4024

Hilary Dunn
Institut de recherche sur le vieillissement Schlegel-UW (Waterloo)
519-904-0660, poste 4104




Cycling has many benefits. It is a fun and liberating activity that is a great form of exercise, can be used as transportation and can help explore nature.


Cycling Without Age (CWA) is an innovative program that has helped seniors stay active and stay connected with their communities. CWA is making it possible for seniors or those with mobility challenges to get back on their bicycles and enjoy their communities and nature.


The brochure Cycling Without Age: Enhancing the Lives of Seniors. The Ottawa Experience shares the experiences of Saint-Louis Residence. It presents useful tools for other long-term care homes who are interested in setting up a volunteer-based cycling program for their residents.


For information on the CWA program go to Read some of the media coverage at Bruyére bike project gets seniors back in the saddle



For a copy of the brochure, please contact us at



Image of brochure cover for Cycling Without Age, The Ottawa Experience, with the logos of Bruyere Research Institute and Bruyere Continuing Care


This is Long Term Care 2017 Conference: Ahead of the Curve

November 27-29, 2017

Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto


Call for Abstracts – The Ontario Long Term Care Association’s (OLTCA) This is Long Term Care 2017 conference profiles emerging research and innovation and successful quality initiatives in a unique forum designed for learning, networking and information sharing. It provides an unparalleled opportunity for our members to hear about cutting edge ideas as well as existing best practice programs that have tools, resources, policies and procedures which can be implemented across the sector.


CLICK HERE to review application criteria or to apply online.


The need to support Indigenous culture & cultural diversity in Ontario Long-Term Care homes


Canada’s population is getting more diverse. As our population ages, Long-Term Care homes will be expected to meet the growing needs of a culturally-diverse population.


Culture is ingrained in individual identity and affects life and health care practices, traditions, values and decision-making. In particular, Canada’s Indigenous people have unique cultural requirements. A legacy of colonization, historical trauma, racism, distrust of western medicine and ways, and sometimes geographic isolation, impact Indigenous people more than other segments of seniors. Respect for treaty rights and jurisdictional issues needs to be considered in planning for care and supporting the culture of this population.



Starting an inclusive, sector-wide reflection


As providers of person-centred care, Long-Term Care homes need to recognize and support the culture of their residents. This can sometimes be challenging, especially at a time when a resident’s health and mental capacity are declining. To help the sector learn about the approaches homes have used, and to understand the types of challenges homes have faced, Ontario’s CLRI Program spent several months in the past year gathering evidence and experiences from around the province.


We worked closely with multiple stakeholders and two Advisory Groups, and conducted a literature review. Our learnings will inform future work around developing tools and resources to support Indigenous culture and cultural diversity in Long-Term Care, and to scale-up existing, successful practices. Stakeholders underlined that any future activity must be in collaboration with various cultural and Indigenous groups, and with a broad range of healthcare providers.



Report: Supporting Indigenous Culture in Ontario’s Long-Term Care Homes

Report: Supporting Cultural Diversity in Ontario’s Long-Term Care Homes


Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) & brainXchange released a new report, Environmental Scan of Ontario’s Behavioural Support Transition Units (BSTUs). The report presents general information about the BSTUs for the purposes of learning, knowledge sharing, and quality improvement. 


In 2016, the Bruyère CLRI joined the BSTU Collaborative, which is part of Ontario’s Best Practice Exchange. The Collaborative designed and facilitated the environmental scan of Ontario’s BSTUs. Click here to learn more about the BSTU Collaborative and to access the report.


To contribute to the Collaborative, the Bruyère CLRI team drew on one of its past projects, Meeting Future Need Through Specialization in Long-Term Care Homes. This project focused on existing designated specialized units in Ontario’s long-term care homes. The designated units either wrap higher intensity care around residents with complex responsive behaviours, which are frequently related to dementia (BSTUs), or support the needs of residents who require dialysis.


To learn more about specialized units visit or read the article, Designated Specialized Units: How Ontario’s long-term care homes fill a gap in care, which was published in Healthcare Management Forum (October 2016).



Videos from the March 2017 Culture Change Exchange are now online!  Sessions from this event feature internationally-renowned speakers and presenters from Ontario’s long-term care sector, sharing how they’re enhancing the culture in their long-term care home or organization by building relationships and supporting people living with dementia.


For more information, visit the Research Institute for Aging website.


The Bruyère Centre for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care is proudly collaborating with La Cité’s Dental Hygiene Program and Saint-Louis Residence. Together, these organizations are creating educational opportunities to enhance the skills of dental hygiene students and long-term care home staff, as well as improve the quality of oral health care for long-term care residents.


To learn more about this exciting partnership, please visit the Bruyère Continuing Care website.

CLRI Presenters

The CLRI team with a frail aging simulation suit at the Extendicare conference.


Last month, the CLRI team engaged with a large group of Extendicare leaders from across Canada. The focus was on how tools developed through the CLRI program can help long-term care homes improve care and embrace innovation.


The three Ontario CLRIs were invited to present at the Extendicare National Business Conference and Trade Show, in Toronto, on April 26, 2017. Entitled, “Ten Innovations to Help You Transform Your Home,” the presentation featured a variety of CLRI-developed approaches and free web-based resources to support the transformation of long-term care homes in the areas of culture change, learning, and staff engagement. The CLRIs shared the session with Charlene Chu from AGE-WELL and the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute.


The CLRI team also hosted an interactive booth to further showcase the work of the Ontario CLRI Program.


For a copy of the presentation slides, or if you have any questions related to free, web-based resources developed by the CLRIs, please contact us at


The Bruyère C​LRI was proud to present our work on plan of care compliance at the recent AdvantAge Ontario Conference. We jointly delivered with Wellington Terrace, a long-term care home in Fergus, which has consistently focused on care planning as an integral part of high quality care delivery. The many questions from a packed room ensured a dynamic session and confirmed the relevance of this topic.


Since 2015, the Bruyère CLRI has been working in close partnership with AdvantAge Ontario and the Ontario Long Term Care Association to better understand the facilitators and challenges related to compliance with the plan of care regulations of the Long-Term Care Homes Act. During the presentation, we shared our findings from interviewing those homes that have consistently demonstrated – through resident quality inspections – the highest degree of compliance with plan of care regulations. To guide these interviews, we conducted a literature review on the challenges and solutions to implementing optimal evidence-informed care planning for long-term care residents.


For a copy of the presentation or the literature review, please contact us at



The Bruyère CLRI is pleased to announce the publication of the article, “Clinical Nursing Leadership Education in Long-Term Care: Intervention Design and Evaluation,” in the Journal of Gerontological Nursing.  Click here to access a free download of the full article.



The main objective of the current case study was to investigate the perceived leadership learning needs and feasibility of delivering leadership education to registered staff involved in direct care in long-term care (LTC) homes. The study was conducted in Ontario, Canada, and participants included RNs, registered practical nurses, and nursing administrators. Phase 1 bilingual web-based survey and bilingual focus group needs assessment data supported a preference for external training along with in-house mentoring to support sustainability. An intervention designed using insights gained from Phase 1 data was delivered via a 2-day, in-person workshop. Phases 2 and 3 evaluation survey data identified aspects of leadership training for LTC that require ongoing refinement. Findings suggest that communication skills and managing day-to-day nursing demands in the context of regulatory frameworks were areas of particular interest for leadership training in the LTC setting.