Housing options shift to support our changing needs as we age. On this page is a description of services that enable aging at home and other more intensive supports.

Find a Home or Place to Stay

Long-Term Care Homes

All City-operated long-term care homes provide 24-hour resident-focused care and service including nursing and personal care, behavioural support programs, medical services, recreational programming, dietetics and food services, laundry, social work, spiritual and religious care, housekeeping, maintenance, trust and administrative services. Lesbian, gay, bi and transgender (LGBT) supports, community outreach and extensive volunteer programs are available in every home.

Emergency Shelters

The City of Toronto provides support and information to residents in rental units who are at risk of losing their home and being evicted and operates two shelters focused on the needs of older adults. For more information, please call the Central Intake line at 416-338-4766.

Improve or Maintain Your Home

Renovate Your Home

The Toronto Renovates Program offers funding for low-income seniors who require health or safety repairs or accessibility modifications to their homes.

Get more information by emailing torontorenovates@toronto.ca or by calling 416-392-8342.

Get Snow Removal & Lawn Care

The City of Toronto offers free snow removal from City sidewalks for residents age 65 and above and those who are unable to remove snow without endangering their health. For more information, please call 416-392-7768.

The City also funds community agencies to shovel snow on your property and cut your grass. For more information about these community agencies, please call 311.

Pay for Your Home

Apply for Property Tax, Water & Utility Relief

The City offers several programs that allow eligible low-income seniors to cancel or defer property tax increases and apply for a water rebate.

Share Your Home with a University Student

The City of Toronto funds the National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE) to operate a program that connects seniors (aged 55+) who have an empty bedroom in their home with a student looking for affordable housing.

In exchange for reduced rent (between $400-600 per month as determined by the homeowner), students provide up to seven hours a week of help with light household tasks, such as preparing and sharing a meal, tidying up, or walking a pet.

The program is facilitated by social workers who match senior homeowner and students based on a variety of characteristics and preferences. They ensure all participants receive a Vulnerable Sector Screening, and are available for mediation and support throughout the experience.

Find out more information on the Toronto HomeShare Project.

We are currently seeking both students and senior homeowners for September 2019 move in.

 

For general inquiries on the Toronto HomeShare Program, please call 416-978-4706 or email toronto.homeshare@gmail.com

Housing Allowance

A housing allowance is a non-repayable subsidy to help eligible households pay the rent.  It is subject to annual eligibility reviews.

Rent-Geared-to-Income

Rent-Geared-to-Income (RGI) or subsidized housing is a housing subsidy or benefit offered by the City of Toronto to make rent affordable for households.

Please note, the number of people needing subsidized housing is greater than the number of units available. As a result, it can take years for an applicant to get housed.