Accessing community care
Community care homes provide accommodation, meals, and care and supervision based on a person’s needs. There are a wide variety of settings where this care is provided, ranging from small home-like facilities for persons with physical or developmental disabilities to large-scale facilities primarily for infirm, elderly seniors (long-term care).
A community care facility licence is required for all programs and facilities providing care to three or more persons who are not related to the operator by blood or marriage, unless designated under the Hospital Act. This applies whether the facility receives funding (subsidization) from a health authority or another agency, or whether a person pays privately. Community care homes must obey all laws and regulations as set out in the Community Care and Assisted Living Act and the Residential Care Regulation. Please note, residential care is a term that is still in use for community care homes.
Assisted living residences are not a type of care licensed under the Residential Care Regulation. Enquiries about Assisted Living residences can be directed to the Assisted Living Registry: