In Ontario, retirement homes are licensed, privately owned places where at least 6 people live. These people are not related to the operator or landlord of the home. The residents:
- rent a place to live, and
- pay for care and services to support their daily lives.
Retirement homes do not get money from the government. Residents pay the full cost of their housing and any care services they get from the home. All residents of retirement homes are tenants and have the same rights as tenants living in rental apartments. Retirement homes are regulated by the Retirement Homes Act and the Residential Tenancies Act.