RHRA Funding and Fees
The RHRA receives inquiries regarding various fees, the differences between each and the authority responsible for them. The following is provided as an outline for residents and families who may have similar questions:
- The Act does not govern rental agreements. In all situations, retirement home operators are required to be compliant with the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 which governs the relationship between landlord and tenants. If you have questions regarding your rent you should contact the provincial Landlord and Tenant Board at 1-888-332-3234.
Care Service Fees
- The Act does not regulate the amount of fees, including fees relating to care services, that a retirement home may charge a resident.
- The Residents’ Bill of Rights (s. 51) states residents have the right to:
- know what care services are provided in the home and how much they cost; and
- be informed in advance of any increases in charges for care services provided in the home.
- Retirement homes are required to provide residents with an information package which includes an itemized list of care services provided in the home and their prices (s. 54).
Retirement Home Annual Licence Fees
- The RHRA is a not-for-profit organization. It will charge retirement homes a fee every year to cover the costs of enforcing the law and providing protections to residents. The Fee Setting Policy and criteria governing RHRA fees must be approved by the Minister Responsible for Seniors.
- The 2015/2016 annual licence fee is $9.22 per month per suite, plus HST.
- The Fee Setting Policy and Fee Schedule are reviewed annually. If rates should change, they will be published on the RHRA website.
- Retirement home residents are not required to pay any fees to the RHRA.