Ontario Senior Housing Laws

Licensing Websites

Laws and Regulations

  • Retirement Homes Act: Establishes standards of care required for, and licensure of, assisted living facilities.
  • Long-Term Care Homes Act: Establishes standards of care for, and licensure of, facilities that provide 24-hour nursing services. 



Articles & Guides

How To Pay For Seniors Housing

According to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation's 2013 report, the average for a one bedroom bachelor unit was $1,995. Meanwhile, the rent for private-pay "heavy care" spaces averaged $3,477 across all unit types. ...Read More


Guide to Seniors Housing in Canada

With one of the highest average life expectancies of any country in the world; Canadians can expect to live to the age of 82.5. The number of people living past 80 is expected to quadruple by 2051. As the population of seniors has grown, so has the senior housing industry and as a result, navigating the vast array of senior living options is an increasingly complex endeavor....Read More


Senior Housing Laws & Regulations

Each Canadian province's Ministry of Health closely oversees senior living residences to ensure they provide high standards of care. In general, the laws and regulations set the standards for health and safety. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with your rights and the legal obligations of assisted living communities where you live. ...Read More


Tips for Choosing the Right Retirement Homes

Finding the right assisted living community for your loved one is one of the most important decisions you can make. We've compiled the essential things to look for when assessing a senior community. During your visit, consider the quality of care that your loved one may receive. The decision of "if, when and where to move" resides solely with you and your loved one, so consider what factors are ultimately important to you. ...Read More


10 Ways to Celebrate National Seniors Day in Canada

Every October 1st, Canadian seniors enjoy a double dose of appreciation. In 1990, the U.N. declared the date to be the official “International Day of Older Persons,” and in 2011, Canada followed suit by putting its own annual October 1st “National Seniors Day” on the calendar. ...Read More


It Takes a Village: Ontario Dementia Care Safety Program

A unique public safety program in Ontario, Canada aims to keep people with dementia safe and active in the community, and involves everyone from caregivers, family members and neighbors to transit workers and shopkeepers – in eight different languages. ...Read More


Best Places to Retire in Canada

What makes a city a great place to retire? Some of the most important factors, like proximity to family, are deeply personal, but objective criteria may include climate, crime rates, cost of living, public transportation, health care access and senior living possibilities. ...Read More