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Care homes

A care home is a rented home that provides care services. Care services include:

  • nursing care
  • supervision of prescription drugs
  • an emergency response system
  • help getting from place to place
  • incontinence care
  • assistance with daily activities, such as eating, bathing, dressing, and personal hygiene

You may get meals, housekeeping, and recreational services where you live, but that is not enough to make it a care home. A care home must have at least one of the care services in the list above. You are a care home tenant only if getting care services was one of the reasons you moved in.

The following places are not care homes:

  • hospitals, and
  • long-term care homes, such as licensed nursing homes and homes for the aged run by municipalities or Indian Band Councils.

Care home tenants are covered by the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) and have many of the same rights as other tenants. If you live in a care home, you have the right to a safe, well‑maintained home, like any other tenant.

Your landlord cannot evict you without a reason. And, you cannot be transferred to another room or apartment, or to a long‑term care home, without your consent.

But some laws apply only to care home tenants. This resource deals with those laws.