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Assisted living costs Ontario

We survey prices from around the province

Assisted living is mostly privatized in Ontario, making it essentially different from long term care, which is subsidized by the provincial government (but which also requires time on a waiting list*). There are some assisted living communities in Ontario subsidized under government programs, but even among these, the better-quality communities require prospective residents to spend time on a waiting list. Still other communities may be associated with churches or other charities, but these will also have special requirements in order to get accepted.

High quality assisted living facilities in Ontario charge higher rates but they often offer much more than people imagine possible. Many of these communities focus on offering the very best care and services, and there are added benefits to making the extra commitment. Privately run assisted living retirement communities in Ontario, (whose costs are sampled below) do not require time on a waiting list and readily accept new community members. 

Assisted living costs in Ontario

City or town
Care and assistance included
Costs
(starting)
Goderich
Meals and housekeeping
$3,092
Etobicoke
Housekeeping, meals
$3,565
Kitchener
Meals, housekeeping, bathing assistance 2x/week
$4,790
London
Housekeeping, meals, medical admin
$3,255
Lucan
housekeeping, dressing, all ADLs 
$3,465
Niagara Falls
Housekeeping, bathing, transfer, medication admin
$2,400
Ottawa
Housekeeping, dressing, all ADLs
$4,500
Toronto
Housekeeping, meals
$3,565

What's the average cost of assisted living in Ontario?

$3,433.38 (as of 2018)

We calculated the average cost of assisted living in Ontario from private retirement homes listed with ComfortLife.ca. Bear in mind that all your costs of living are included: food, care and all other monthly costs (heat, hydro, taxes, upkeep, etc.) Added benefits are the community life, the easy socialization and the renewed enthusiasm for life that comes from having basic care needs taken on by others.

Below, is a look at assisted living costs in some of Ontario's major cities. 

Toronto and the GTA

The costs of assisted senior living apartments in Toronto vary greatly, depending on several factors:

  • The quality of the community, which may be affected by many variables, such as how recently it has been updated (find newly renovated communities) or built (find new communities) as well as the quality of the overall construction, its amenities and features, etc.
  • Help you require with ADLs. Most communities in the Greater Toronto Area list a basic cost for assisted living care, then charge extra based on specific needs (help with feeding, bathing, etc.) Some, however, do include some care services (see variations below).
  • Real estate values, which depend on proximity to the city center and some other factors.

Assisted Living Costs Toronto and the GTA

City
Care and assistance included
Costs (starting)
Toronto, ON
Meals, housekeeping
$2,400
Etobicoke, ON
Meals, housekeeping
$3,565
Pickering, ON
Meals, housekeeping, all ADLs except incontinence care
$4,390
Richmond Hill, ON
Meals, housekeeping
$3,255
Scarborough, ON
Meals, housekeeping
$3,365
Stouffville, ON
Meals, housekeeping
$3,420

Ottawa Region

In the national capital region, assisted living options vary quite widely, depending on several key factors:

  • As a general rule, the closer you get to the city center, retirement home costs will increase, parallel to an increase in real estate values.
  • Care you require for activities of daily living (ADLs), that typically precipitates the need for this level of care.
  • The quality of the facilities which can vary widely, of course. Some of the sample costs below are taken from the Ottawa Region's more exceptional quality communities.

Consult our Ottawa senior assisted living page for a detailed list of communities as well as more information on how to find a community right for you. When you fully investigate individual communities (by clicking on links on that page) you will find details of costs you'll be paying and care you will get.

Assisted living costs in Ottawa and Region

City
Care and assistance included
Costs (starting)
Ottawa, ON
Meals, housekeeping, dressing, all ADLs
$4,500
Carleton Place, ON
Meals, housekeeping, bathing assistance
$3,600
Orleans, ON
Meals, housekeeping, bathing assistance (2x/wk)
$3,200



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