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McCowan Retirement Residence - Metta Lifestyles

2881 Eglinton Avenue East, Scarborough, Ontario, M1J 0A2
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New renovation opened Jul, 2022

Lifestyle options:
Apartments, Independent Living, Assisted Living, Dementia & Memory Care
Guest stays available, Respite care available, Private home-care allowed, Palliative care available
Cost (from):
142 suites (Studio, 1-bed)
143 residents

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About McCowan Retirement Residence - Metta Lifestyles

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Come home to McCowan Retirement Residence, a lovely home in the heart of Scarborough. Enjoy chef-prepared meals, take an aqua-fit class, listen to our resident pianist, or host your family in our private dining room. We'll take you shopping, enjoy lunch with friends, or join one of our many outings to popular attractions in our van. Our residence offers accommodation and care packages for independent living, assisted living and dementia care. Many of our staff have been with us for 10+ years.

Opened in: 2004
Ownership Type: private
Languages Spoken: English

COVID-19 Information

To ensure the safety of our residents and staff, Metta Lifestyles McCowan Retirement Residence is taking every step necessary. Whether this be through active screening of all people who enter the building, or regular COVID-19 testing of all staff members. We are dedicated to keeping our community safe during these hard times. Currently we are maintaining safe social distancing throughout the building; we are keeping entry of the building restricted to those who are deemed essential, and need to be here. Our goal is to always put the safety of our residents first, and we will continue to do so for as long as we need too. We are pleased to share that we remain free of COVID-19 in our residence. We are currently accepting new admissions, and continue to follow the guidelines put forth by the Government and Public Health units.

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Insider reviews & perspectives

Comfort Life Review


When you walk around this residence, you'll see that this place has more amenities than many condo complexes. Retiring here means retiring in style! One of several exceptional retirement homes in Scarborough, near the Lake, this residence offers the ideal mix of city living with some spectacular nearby greenspace, including the Bluffs' parkland. It's also close to both the Scarborough Hospital and Scarborough Village Recreation Centre. There is also a great selection of nearby shopping, restaurants and more.

Respite stays or trial stays offered at McCowan give you a chance to try this place out without making the commitment; you'll get a window into how great today's senior living can really be. This home was established in 2004 and still feels very new. McCowan Retirement Residence is managed by Greenwood Retirement Communities, a company with a reputation for offering superior senior care facilities in the province.

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Testimonials and Stories

  • I continue to be surprised by McCowan's sincere care and compassion!

    I post reviews only when my experience with a business is exceptional, and I’m happy to recommend McCowan Retirement Residence. McCowan has a warm and comfortable feel, exceptionally friendly and attentive staff, as well as a full suite of amenities and activities. As we narrowed our choices, McCowan consistently stood out as the most responsive, most accommodating and most helpful of all of the residences we were considering. Two months after moving a relative in, I continue to be surprised by the outstanding level of sincere caring and compassion demonstrated by every single staff member with whom I’ve interacted. It’s remarkable, especially considering all of the challenges faced by health care providers during this pandemic. The staff is proactive in identifying medical concerns and in offering advice on how to maximize the comfort of their residents. I’m 100% confident that the staff has the wellbeing of their residents as a top priority and would be happy to move there myself when the time comes.

  • McCowan Resident Testimonial

    I have lived in the McCowan Retirement Residence for the past 3+ years. It is a great place to live after retirement for two main reasons; the friendly, competent, caring staff and the conscientious, hardworking care givers that look after us residents from day to day. These people make the Residence a carefree and cozy environment with its many services and resident activities.

  • Mum has loved McCowan Retirement for 3 years

    My mother has been a resident of McCowan Retirement Residence for the past 3 years. She was reticent about leaving her long time home as she reached her mid-nineties. I can definitely say that the level of care from the dedicated staff and the creative, interesting activities that the Activity co-ordinators and Manager provide are second to none and keep her stimulated and happy. Its so convenient for her to have a doctor's visit there and to get her hair done to make her feel good. She has made many new friends which she celebrated her 99th Birthday with recently.

  • Mum is living her best life at 97!

    Our first experience with retirement residences was with McCowan. As soon as you walk through the front door, you are greeted with a smile. The warmth is palpable. The decor is charming and cozy, from the lobby, to the hallways and throughout the building.

    In this wonderful setting there are so many fun ways for the residents to interact. Wine & cheese parties, monthly birthday celebrations and special events to mark all the holidays from Mardi Gras to Easter, Christmas and beyond.

    The dining room is lovely and weekly menus are available to review. The food is good and plentiful with lots of variety.

    Activities are varied and fun, from Bingo, baking cookies, exercise programs, to painting and crafts. Animal friends visit regularly, which is a delight for everyone.

    More important than all of this though, is that Mom is so happy. This is such a relief as she loved her home but just wasn't able to live there alone. The staff at McCowan are kind, caring and attentive. If Mom ever needs someone to pop in to check on her it’s never a problem, and if she's late for a meal or an activity she usually enjoys, a staff member will call to suggest she join in. Mom has made wonderful friends at McCowan and often when we try to call her in her suite, she's in the lobby chatting and laughing.

    Mom's clean & modern suite is perfect, with a bright living room, a small kitchenette with a fridge/freezer & microwave and a large bedroom with an en-suite bathroom including a roomy shower with safe bench seating.

    McCowan’s strict management of COVID protocols was a relief to us as it kept Mom and others safe throughout such a challenging time. Their dedicated staff went above and beyond to ensure residents were both safe and engaged.

    We love to visit because it’s absolutely wonderful to see her living her best life at age 97! Thank you to everyone at McCowan for making Mom’s golden years better than we ever could have hoped for.


Lifestyle options

Apartments (definition)
Cost Varies

Our apartment lifestyle option features Garden Suites. This suite style includes an independent walk-out from your suite.


  • Use of community amenities
  • Use of community services/programs
  • Use of dining services

Independent Living (definition)
Cost Varies

Enjoy the independence and freedom that you desire, with none of the worry about what to cook for dinner tonight! Make new friends, enjoy outings with the comfort of your private suite waiting for you when you return.


  • Meals (3x/day)
  • Daily tidy
  • Housekeeping (1x/week)
  • Medication administration (Extra fee)

Assistance with

  • Bathing (Extra fee)

Assisted Living (definition)
Cost from $3,750

When you need extra care we can help, with our dedicated team of nursing staff. You can choose from our a la carte services and assistance can be either short term to help you recuperate or longer term as your needs change.


  • Cancer care (Extra fee)
  • Diabetes (Extra fee)
  • Meals (3x/day)
  • Daily tidy (Extra fee)
  • Housekeeping (1x/week)
  • Incontinence care (Extra fee)
  • Medication administration (Extra fee)
  • Resident Reminders (Extra fee)

Assistance with

  • Bathing (Extra fee)
  • Dressing (Extra fee)
  • Feeding (Extra fee)
  • Transfers (Extra fee)

Dementia & Memory Care (definition)
Cost from $6,000

With our dedicated staff of nurses and recreation staff, our secure dementia care floor provides a home like environment for your loved one. With our specialized activity programs we provide meaningful activities and socialization. All suites are fully private with en suite.


  • Designated dining area
  • Designated floor
  • Meals (3x/day)
  • Daily tidy
  • Housekeeping (1x/week)
  • Incontinence care (Extra fee)
  • Medication administration
  • Resident Reminders

Assistance with

  • Bathing (1x/week)
  • Dressing
  • Feeding
  • Transfers


Type Size
(sq ft)
Lifestyle CostCompanion fee Includes Contact
Studio 310 $3,750 (Rent) +$700 per month
  • Cable TV in room (included)
  • Call Bell System
  • Kitchenette
  • Mini-fridge
  • Personal phone number in room (included)
1-bed 535 $5,000 (Rent) N/A
  • Cable TV in room (included)
  • Call Bell System
  • Kitchenette
  • Mini-fridge
  • Personal phone number in room (included)
  • Type: Studio
  • Ownership: Rent
  • Cost: $3,750
  • Size: 310sq/ft
  • Companion fee: +$700
  • Details:
    • Cable TV in room (included)
    • Call Bell System
    • Kitchenette
    • Mini-fridge
    • Personal phone number in room (included)
  • Contact: email

  • Type: 1-bed
  • Ownership: Rent
  • Cost: $5,000
  • Size: 535sq/ft
  • Companion fee: N/A
  • Details:
    • Cable TV in room (included)
    • Call Bell System
    • Kitchenette
    • Mini-fridge
    • Personal phone number in room (included)
  • Contact: email


Meal service : Bistro: (24 hours), Room Service (extra fee), Table service, Tray service in suite (extra fee)

Seating type : Assigned seating

Special diets : Diabetic, Gluten Free, Low sodium, Puree foods, Vegetarian

Amenities & Services

Residence Amenities & Services

Arts and crafts
Community Garden
Emergency call system (pendent)
Fitness Studio
Games Room
Mail box
Mail to concierge
Movie theatre
Newspapers delivered to concierge
Onsite foot care
Parking (outdoor)
Party room
Pet friendly
Private dining room for family/friends
Recreation facilities onsite
Religious Services & Holiday Celebrations
Spa/Beauty Salon
Storage lockers
Wellness Center
Wheelchair Accessible

Programs & Activities

Arts and Crafts
Billiards/Pool Tables
Brain Fitness
Card Games
Exercise Program
Movie Nights
Religious & Holiday Services
Weekly Shopping Trips & Excursions

Staff & Care


Medical and other support staff
Registered Practical Nurses16 hrs/day
Personal Support Workers24 hrs/day
Doctorvisiting 1x/week
Dentiston call
Physiotherapiston call
Chiropodistvisiting 2x/month

Number of care staff:

  • Daytime: 5
  • Weekends: 5
  • Nights: 3

Care services

Care options available:

  • Guest stays available
  • Respite care available
  • Private home-care allowed
  • Palliative care available

Health Services:

  • Catheter care(with special assistance)
  • Cognitively impaired residents(with special assistance)
  • Ostomy care(with special assistance)
  • Oxygen assistance(with special assistance)
  • Physically challenged residents(with special assistance)
  • Vitals monitoring(with no special assistance)

Move-in requirements

• Chest x-ray
• Medical form completed by family doctor
• Personal Interview
• TB test required

Accreditation & Associations

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Situated in the heart of Scarborough, we are close to the town centre and other shopping malls. Drug stores and convenience stores are within easy walking distance, close to GO train, on main TTC route. Easy access to local hospitals and community centres.

McCowan Retirement Residence is located at 2881 Eglinton Avenue East, Scarborough, Ontario, M1J 0A2.

What's nearby:

Scarborough Hospital
Shoppers Drug Mart
GO Train
Scarborough Village Recreation Centre
Scarborough Town Centre
Scarborough Village Theatre

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