About Assisted Living Residences

Assisted living is a semi-independent form of housing that is regulated under the Community Care and Assisted Living Act. The Act defines an assisted living residence as:

a premises or part of a premises in which housing, hospitality services, and at least one but not more than two prescribed services are provided by or through the operator to three or more adults who are not related by blood or marriage to the operator.

Assisted living residences offer three key components to adults who require regular help with daily activities: housing, hospitality services and prescribed services. Residences:

  • provide housing, hospitality services and personal assistance services for adults who can live independently but need help with day-to-day activities;
  • are available both through publicly subsidized and private-pay operator; and.
  • are required to meet provincial health and safety standards.

Assisted living is intended for people who are able to make the range of decisions that allow them to live safely in a supportive, semi-independent environment. The housing and services may be adapted to meet the needs of seniors, adults with mental health and/or substance use problems, and adults with physical disabilities or acquired brain injuries.

Seniors' Assisted Living

Assisted living for seniors can be a way to transition from fully independent living while retaining independence but with some support with day-to-day needs. Learn more about living in or operating an assisted living residence for seniors.

Mental Health and Substance Use Assisted Living

Mental health and supportive recovery homes  provide support with achieving recovery goals. Learn more about living in or operating an assisted living residence for mental health and substance use.

Making a Complaint About an Assisted Living Residence

Anyone can make a complaint to the Assisted Living Registry. The registry can only investigate complaints around the health and safety of someone living in an assisted living residence.  Learn more about the types of complaints that are investigated, how to make a complaint and the process that is used to address complaints.