Under the Retirement Homes Act, 2010, (Act) businesses meeting the definition of “retirement home” in the Act now require a licence to operate in Ontario. A “retirement home” for the purposes of the Act is as follows:
A building or related group of buildings, or a part of a building or a part of a related group of buildings, with one or more rental units of living accommodation that meets the following criteria:
“Care services” for the purposes of the Act are as follows:
The Act sets out exemptions to the definition of retirement home, including premises that are governed or funded under the Developmental Services Act, the Homes for Special Care Act, and the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007.
This summary is for general information purposes only, and operators should consult section 1 of the Act and section 3 of Regulation 166/11 under the Act to determine whether their home meets the definition of a retirement home in the Act.
Once you determine that you are a retirement home, you will need to submit an application, supporting documents and the application fee to the RHRA. See the Apply for a Licence tab for the Applicant Guide and Application Forms.
To learn more about the standards retirement homes must meet under the new law, visit the Operator Resources tab.