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Ministry of Health

Residential Care

The Residential Care Regulation include licence application procedures, policy requirements, health and safety provisions, specific building requirements, as well as staffing and management requirements.  These regulations are in place to promote the health, safety, and well being of seniors and people with disabilities in licensed group homes and residential care facilities.  

The regulations apply to a wide variety of settings in which care is provided.  Licensed community care facilities include small scale facilities sometimes referred to as “group homes” These may include homes for persons with physical or developmental disabilities, serious mental illness or addictions. Some residential facilities may also provide services to children and youth.  The regulations also apply to larger facilities which provide care primarily to frail elderly seniors.

Facilities that provide residential care to 3 or more persons must have a valid community care facility licence, whether they receive funding from a health authority or other agency, or whether the client pays privately for their accommodation and care.

Publicly funded residential care facilities typically provide 24/7 professional care and supervision, in a protective, supportive environment, for people with complex care needs who are not able to live independently. In these facilities, the costs of care and accommodation are subsidized.

Privately funded licensed community care facilities do not receive funding from a health authority or other agency.  Persons who live in these facilities are responsible to pay the full costs of their care and accommodation.

Standards of Practice

Advance Directives (PDF 64K)

Agreement in Writing to the Use of Restraints (PDF 18K)

Immunization of Adult Persons in Residential Care (PDF 17K)

Incident Reporting of Aggressive or Unusual Behaviour in Adult Residential Care Facilities (PDF 121K)