A Passion for Caring, Unlike Any Other.

Origin’s only business is caring for seniors. We design, develop, and operate innovative, industry-leading, active lifestyle communities across Canada.

Origin was founded by people who care for our seniors

Founded by People Who Care

Origin Founder, Neil Prashad, was raised by his grandparents who instilled a love and respect for seniors and a passion for caring. Through their encouragement, Neil developed an appreciation for aging adults.

Senior living is in Origin's DNA

Senior Living is in Our DNA

Throughout his life, both of Neil’s parents worked in the senior care industry as caregivers. Watching his parents’ triumphs and struggles as members of this industry drove him to seek a better way to care for both seniors and the employees at senior communities.

Origin has over 30 years of experience in retirement senior living

Over 30 Years of Experience

Neil went on to receive two master’s degrees and over 30 years of experience working for many different companies, all while moving steadily to realizing his dream of Origin Active Lifestyle Communities.

Focus on caregivers

A Focus on the Caregivers

As Neil crafted what Origin would look like as a company, he desired to create a unique work environment that emphasized caring for the caregivers. He realized that those who work tirelessly to care for seniors and are often underappreciated, and valuing them leads to better senior care.

Origin is something great

A Start of Something Great

In 2002, Neil acquired the name Origin from a company that was going out of business, but he knew it wasn’t enough. He needed to make it uniquely him and add a differentiator that shared his goal – Active Lifestyles.

The Soul Cafe at Origin has the best food

Welcome to the Soul Cafe

Today, Origin is best known for its commitment to its team members and how that leads to exceptional care. In 2017, Origin launched the Soul Cafe, a unique online space solely dedicated to connecting and promoting wellness for team members across their various communities.

We believe in…

Origin Active Lifestyle Communities prides itself on caring for its team members and community members above all else.

Fun with friends at Origin

1. Fun with Friends

Family and friends matter greatly to us and are always welcome in our communities. We include our community members’ families in their lives as much as possible. We regularly host special events and activities to bring families and friends closer to our community members and we offer guest meals, guest suites, and other services to accommodate them.

Origin provides gourmet dining

2. Gourmet Dining

Origin spends more to purchase the industry’s highest quality raw food products. With better ingredients, we develop menu items that are both healthy and tasty. Our goal is to consistently provide families and their guests with meals that are created primarily by using scratch cooking methods. Our chefs are passionate about creating dining experiences and special events such as brunches and themed dinners.

Origin provides comfortable supportive living for retired seniors and the elderly

3. Comfortable & Supportive Living

All suites at our active senior living communities are designed to maximize the comfort and safety of our community members. We are passionately committed to research and development in the discipline of aging and environmental design. The results are evident in suites and unique common amenity areas which support and enhance an aging lifestyle.

Origin provides a healthy lifestyle for seniors

4. Healthy Lifestyle

A full social calendar and engaging activities are at the heart of each Origin community. Our professionally-trained, full-time recreation staff is dedicated to ensuring maximum participation in daily events and fitness programs. At Origin, we do not take a cookie-cutter approach to this – we regularly ask community members for input into the programs and classes we offer to ensure we meet the wants and desires of those we serve.

Origin has the most dedicated staff in senior living

5. Dedicated Staff

Origin is unique in the senior housing industry. We are a collection of dedicated and passionate professionals bound by our collective vision and determination to make a difference. We call this bond ‘The Origin DNA,’ and it explains a passion for caring that drives all that we do. From housekeeping to reception to servers in our dining room, every single person touches the lives of our community members every day.

Origin nurturing mind body and spirit

6. Nurturing Mind, Body, and Spirit

Origin’s ‘wholistic’ approach ensures that every community member is treated as a whole person. We nurture the spirit and the physical body with our unique activities, programs, and dining services. Our commitment to natural and environmentally responsible methods is evident in the Evergreen Spa™.