Five-Year Review of the Retirement Homes Act, 2010 - Consultation Paper

Regulation Number(s):
Instrument Type:
Bill or Act:
Retirement Homes Act, 2010
Summary of Proposal:
The Government of Ontario introduced the Retirement Homes Act (Act) in 2010, marking the first time in Ontario's history that seniors living in retirement homes have strong protections under provincial law. The Act and its regulations establish mandatory care, safety and administrative standards for retirement homes.

The Act also creates the Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority with the power and obligation to enforce the Act, including licensing homes and conducting inspections and investigations.

The legislation requires the Minister to undertake a review of the Act within five years, and present a report of the findings to the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly.

A consultation guide to solicit feedback and focus discussions has been posted on the Ontario Seniors' Secretariat's website, at

The government welcomes your input. Any comments that are out of scope of this consultation may be shared with other ministries or agencies responsible or considered as part of other future initiatives.

Comments can be provided electronically to, by fax to 416-326-7078, or by mail to:

Retirement Homes Act Review
Ontario Seniors' Secretariat
777 Bay Street, Suite 601C
Toronto, ON, M7A 2J4
Further Information:
Proposal Number:
Posting Date:
August 14, 2015
Comments Due Date:
September 30, 2015
Contact Address:
Retirement Homes Act Review
Ontario Seniors' Secretariat
777 Bay Street, Suite 601C
Toronto, Ontario, M7A 2J4
Fax: 416-326-7078
Proposal Status:
The government appreciates and values the input of all individuals and organizations who participated in the consultation for the five-year review of the Retirement Homes Act, 2010. A report summarizing the feedback received during the consultation period was tabled in the Legislative Assembly by the Minister Responsible for Seniors Affairs on December 10, 2015. A copy of the report is available above, and also on the Ontario Seniors' Secretariat's website at

The Ontario Seniors' Secretariat will be reviewing the details of the recommendations received and developing proposals for further consideration.

The government is committed to continuing to consult with seniors, experts, stakeholders and the general public throughout the review process, including the implementation of findings and recommendations. Should any amendments to the Act and its regulations be proposed, further consultations will be conducted on the specific amendments.