Apply for a Licence

Under the Retirement Homes Act, 2010 (Act) all businesses meeting the definition of retirement home must apply for a licence in order to operate in Ontario. To determine if you are a retirement home, visit the General Information tab, or consult the Act.

As of July 1, 2012, all retirement homes must have a licence to operate. Operating without a licence is an offence under the Act.

How to apply

To assist you with the application process, the RHRA has put together an Applicant Guide. The Guide introduces you to the forms, supporting documents and fees* that must be submitted. Kindly review the Guide before completing your application forms. If you have questions about your application after reviewing the Guide, please contact the RHRA at 1-855-ASK-RHRA (1-855-275-7472).

* Please note that fees for 2017 have not been referenced in the Applicant Guide or licence application. Kindly review the 2017 Fee Schedule before submitting your application.

Download the licence application documents here:
RHRA Applicant Guide

Application Forms

Additional Forms 2A and 2B


Reminder: The following persons must submit a Personal History Report:
  1. If the Applicant is a sole proprietor, the owner and any other persons (including a spouse, relative corporation or partnership) having the ability to direct the management and policies of the home.
  2. If the Applicant is a for-profit or not-for-profit corporation (Form 2B), the Corporation, its directors and officers, and (in the case of a business corporation) any person(s) who alone or with associates own more than 50% of voting shares of the corporation sufficient to elect a majority of the corporation's board of directors.
  3. If the Applicant is a partnership, any person (including a spouse, relative, corporation or partnership) having the ability to direct the management and policies of the home.

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