REALTORS® live and breathe their communities. They are community builders who are deeply connected to the people, places, and happenings that make their neighbourhoods tick.

The Real Heart initiative was founded by the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) in 2020 to highlight the good work done by Ontario REALTORS® in their communities. REALTORS® go beyond just handing over the keys; they are committed to making the world a better place and inspiring others to do the same. Real Heart is about celebrating the many ways in which Ontario REALTORS® go above and beyond to give back to their communities. We believe that every single contribution, no matter the size, is fundamental to a community’s strength. We celebrate this passion and harness the power of collective impact. By telling inspiring stories and providing tools to become community champions, we can build stronger communities throughout Ontario together.

Management of the program will be transitioning over to the Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation (ORCF) in late 2023 and we will continue with the same great community stories highlighting philanthropic REALTORS®. This original website will stay active until early March 2024, at which time it will be updated to redirect to our new page on the ORCF website.

We will continue to consider all story submissions, but those that most closely tie back to the Foundation’s mandate of supporting shelter-based causes (defined as those that provide individual Ontarians with a refuge, haven, or other type of protection from the effects of hunger, the elements, abuse, disabilities, and illness) will be prioritized. 

If you have questions about the program and its transition, please email

In the meantime: Read, learn, be inspired to get involved in your community, and then share your story with us!