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Eligibility and Admission

​​""Long-term care homes are publicly funded and operated by municipalities, not-for-profit organizations and private organizations. They provide health care and services to people whose needs cannot be met in the community.  

Long-term care homes are licensed and regulated by the Ministry of Long-Term Care. The province has specific laws and regulations for admission to long-term care homes that are designed to ensure fairness and equity in the system, so that it can serve the needs of people with greater care needs as well as people who are still independent.   

Long-term care homes can provide a residential alternative for patients with high care needs, who meet the following criteria:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Have a valid Ontario Health Card
  • Have health-care needs that cannot be met with any combination of caregiving in the home or community
  • Have health-care needs that can be met in a long-term care home

What is the process for selecting a home?

The long-term care home placement process includes a multi-part assessment, including an assessment by a Care Coordinator, to ensure there is an accurate record of your medical history, and to help determine eligibility for long-term care. 

Your Care Coordinator will discuss all options, including providing options for long- term care homes. You can apply to as many as five homes. The wait times for long-term care homes vary widely, so decisions about which homes you are applying to will help determine the amount of time you will wait for long-term care.

Once a spot in a chosen long-term care home becomes available, you will be contacted by your Care Coordinator, and you will have 24 hours to consent to the admission. If you move to a home that is not your first choice, you may stay on the waiting list for your other choices, if you wish. 

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You can also learn more about applying to long-term care by viewing the​ Long-Term Care Home Information Package.



The government sets the amount that residents must pay the home, with an opportunity to qualify for a subsidy if a resident's basic accommodations are not affordable. Residents also pay out of pocket for any medications or other services not covered by their private insurance plans or the provincial drug benefit program.

Download Long-Term Care Home Accommodation Rates (Spring 2019)

As of July 1, 2019, the maximum accommodation rates will be as follows:

Type of Accommodation Daily Co-Payment
 Basic Long Stay $62.18
 Semi-Private Long Stay* $70.70-$74.96
 Private Long Stay* $81.35-$88.82
 Short Stay (Respite) $40.24

*Varies depending a home's structural class and date of move-in.

Source: Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care


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