Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority (RHRA)

Ontario body established in 2010

We all want the best quality of life during our retirement years. Whether you’re planning for your own future or that of a loved one, making wise choices is essential for enjoying this life stage.

There are many helpful online resources available when searching for a retirement home in Ontario, and the Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority (RHRA) public register is one of them.

The RHRA is an independent organization whose mandate is to inform and protect seniors living in retirement homes or those looking for a home. It was established in 2010 to administer the Retirement Homes Act, 2010, on behalf of the Government of Ontario. The RHRA licenses, inspects and regulates retirement homes, as well as keeping a public register on all homes in Ontario. Through the RHRA public register you can find information such as services offered and inspection reports for more than 700 retirement homes in Ontario. You can also look up homes by name, license status, city or even postal code.

Licensed retirement homes must meet the requirements and standards set out in the law when they are providing accommodation and care. The guiding principles of the Retirement Homes Act, 2010 help ensure that all retirement homes in Ontario are places where people can live with dignity, respect, privacy and autonomy. Residents by law have the right to live in security, safety and comfort and be able to make informed choices about their care options. The RHRA’s job is to make sure retirement homes meet these requirements and standards and follow up with the home if they’re not.

Some key point to keep in mind:

  • Always choose a licensed retirement home. The term “retirement home” can be used by anyone, but only a licensed retirement home offers residents protections by the RHRA.
  • Always review the care services listed as well as the inspection reports of the home before choosing a home.
  • If you or a loved one is a resident, know your rights. The Residents’ Bill of Rights must be posted in the home.
  • If you suspect neglect or abuse in a retirement home, or are not sure if a home is licensed, call the RHRA at 1 855 275-7472.


About the RHRA

The video below offers a fuller look at the work of the RHRA.

For more information on the RHRA, the Residents’ Bill of Rights, or to search the public register, visit

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