Under the Retirement Homes Act, 2010 (Act) all businesses meeting the definition of retirement home must apply for a licence in order to operate in Ontario. To determine if you are a retirement home, visit the General Information tab, or consult the Act.
As of July 1, 2012, all retirement homes must have a licence to operate. Operating without a licence is an offence under the Act.
Homes operating on July 1, 2012 either must have received a licence from the RHRA Registrar or have submitted a licence application to the RHRA by July 3, 2012. New homes must also apply and receive a licence before they begin operating as a retirement home.
To assist you with the application process, the RHRA has put together an Applicant Guide. The Guide introduces you to the forms, supporting documents and fees that must be submitted. Kindly review the Guide before completing your application forms. In addition to the Guide, you are also encouraged to watch the following video, which will also help explain the application process. If you have questions about your application after reviewing the Guide and video, please contact the RHRA at 1-855-ASK-RHRA (1-855-275-7472).
Download the licence application documents here:
RHRA Applicant Guide
Please note the definition of retirement home on page 11 of the Applicant Guide has been revised to provide greater clarity.
Additional Forms 2A and 2B
Fee Schedule - The Interim Fee Policy, Fee Fact Sheet and Registrar's Fee Letter can be found here.