Cost of Retiring in Canada's Atlantic Provinces

What's the cost of retiring in Atlantic Canada?

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In the Atlantic provinces, which include New BrunswickPrince Edward IslandNova ScotiaNewfoundland and Labrador, retirement communities cost between $1,995 and $4,400. Home care costs average between $25 and $75 an hour depending on the type and level of care you are looking for.

Availability and average costs in major Atlantic Canada cities

According to the CMHC’s 2021 Senior Housing Report, the average rent in the region was up 1.0% to $2,878. The biggest increase was in 2-bedroom units, which were up 8.0%. In contrast, ward/ semi-private average rents were down 2.0%.

The total number of senior rental spaces in Atlantic Canada grew 5.7% in 2021, to a total of 10,599. The biggest driver of this growth was the city of Halifax, where there was a 27% increase in the number of units over the year.

Newfoundland and Labrador experienced the biggest decline in vacancy, from 22.6% to 17.5%. In spite of this, the province still had the highest vacancy rate in Atlantic Canada.


Depending on the retirement residence or community, there are different amenities included in this monthly cost of rent. Of the senior communities surveyed in the 2013 CMHC’s Senior Housing report, the majority (84%) included three meals a day and:

Long-term care costs in Atlantic Canada

Long-term care costs vary depending on the type of retirement suite, duration of stay and whether you are considering a private or publicly funded long-term care community. Spots in publically funded long-term care residences are determined solely by need. Approximate long-term care care costs are:

  Daily Rate Monthly Rate
Long-stay basic $54 $1620
Long-stay semi-private $62 $1863
Long-stay private $72 $2167
Short-stay $35 $1053
For information on budgeting and financial tips read Easing Your Financial Stress

If you’re looking in Atlantic Canada for an active adult living community, independent or assisted living residence, long-term care community or home care service then you should take a look at the types of services and level of care offered in each particular residence or agency, which will be a huge factor in the overall cost. Based on your needs, level of required care and your budget you can narrow your search.

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