Retirement Homes in Toronto

Retirement Homes in Toronto

In Toronto, retirement residences and communities, also known regionally as Retirement Homes, retirement centres, or lodges, are becoming increasingly popular choices for seniors seeking a blend of independence, care, and community. These establishments cater to older adults who are in relatively good health but might require minimal to moderate assistance with daily living activities or prefer not to live alone.

Typically, residents of Retirement Homes in Toronto are those who, while still enjoying good health, vitality, and cognitive alertness, wish to relinquish the burdens of managing a household. These communities are perfect for seniors who can manage most of their personal care but appreciate the convenience of having meals prepared, houses cleaned, and the option of assistance with daily tasks.

One of the main attractions of retirement communities in Toronto is the safe, supervised environment they offer. These settings are not just about comfort and care but also about providing ample opportunities for residents to engage in organized activities, socialize with peers, and enjoy a vibrant community life. This aspect of communal living significantly contributes to the emotional and mental well-being of seniors.

The retirement living options in Toronto vary widely in terms of location, size, type of accommodations, cost factors, available services, amenities, and staffing levels. Each community has its unique character and offerings, ranging from basic facilities to luxurious settings with a host of premium amenities. This diversity ensures that there’s a perfect fit for every senior’s preference and budget.

Costs for Retirement Homes in Toronto

Costs for Retirement Homes in Toronto are market-driven and depend on factors such as the residence's location, ownership structure, level of care needed, amenities, and additional services. Most residents enter these communities seeking a lifestyle that balances independence with readily available assistance.

In Toronto, most retirement residences have healthcare aides and nursing staff ready to respond to medical emergencies. Many communities offer supervision with medication management and personal care services such as bathing, although some might charge additional fees for these specialized services.

Meals, typically served in a communal dining area, regular housekeeping, and occasionally laundry services, along with various in-house recreational programs, are generally included in the monthly cost. These features allow residents to enjoy a hassle-free lifestyle, focusing on their interests and social engagement rather than day-to-day chores.

Retirement Homes in Toronto present an attractive option for seniors looking to enjoy a community-oriented, supportive, and carefree lifestyle. With a range of choices available, seniors and their families can find a residence that not only meets their care needs but also matches their personal preferences, ensuring a fulfilling and comfortable retirement life.

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The following language(s) can be found spoken in various retirement communities and seniors living options listed here on Senior Care Access: Chinese, English, Finnish, French, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Khmer, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Sign, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Ukrainian, Urdu

25 residences found in Toronto, ON related to 'Retirement Home'

Hazelton Place Retirement Residence

Located in the heart of the city in Yorkville, just north of Bloor Street, Hazelton Place is a quiet, tranquil oasis in the midst of a bustling and vibrant community. Close to the arts, shops, restaurants & the entertainment district, Hazelton Place offers full-service retirement living; providing our residents with unparalleled service, comfort and superb Chef-prepared dining, with the support of a 24-hour health care team & state-of-the-art security system. As needs change over time for our residents, so will our service. A resident may upgrade to medication assistance, laundry service or light personal assistance on an as need basis. In addition to independent living, Hazelton Place has a self-contained assisted living floor that offers care and services for those residents who have physical or cognitive frailties.
Hazelton Place is managed by VERVE/Diversicare, who has a rich history of success. Fueled by some of the most passionate people in our industry, Verve has been, and continues to be, recognized as the gold standard in retirement living. Verve has a rich history of success. We have won numerous awards for this including the Canada Award for Excellence five times in our 43 years of service.

New Horizons Tower

New Horizons Tower is a seniors community excelling in accommodation and services inspired by a foundation of love, hope and faith. One of the City's well established not-for-profit senior housing providers since 1974, we are committed to reinvesting in the community we serve to enhance and enrich the lives of seniors living in the heart of Bloordale Village. From gracious dining to new suites and lounges, residents are enjoying the new management and upgrades found at 1140 Bloor Street West.

Belmont House

Belmont House is a charitable, non-profit, Christian retirement home for seniors. Situated in one of the last remaining green spaces in the heart of downtown Toronto, Belmont House provides a wide range of programs, services, and resources for both our residents and the community.

Forestview Retirement Residence

Forestview Retirement Residence overlooks a lush ravine green belt which provides a park-like setting to be enjoyed by residents, their friends and families. For those wanting to retire to a refreshing, natural setting, close to all the conveniences and comforts of city living, Forestview is your best choice.

With 128 suites ranging in styles from studios to 2 bedrooms and secure underground parking, this elegantly appointed retirement community offers lifestyle choices including Independent, Independent with Assistance (Full-Service) or Assisted Living, making it the ideal place for inspired senior living.

Forestview Retirement Residence is located in North York near the intersection of Finch Ave. W. and Bathurst St. and is owned and operated by Advent Health Care Corporation.

Why retire in Toronto?

Toronto is the largest city in Canada, and it is located on the northwestern shore of Lake Ontario.  Hugging the border between Canada and the United States, it shares many of the same landmarks as the northern-most American states.  Toronto has a bustling metropolitan area and many skyscrapers and other marks of a modern-day city.  It is a hub for financial and commercial services.

Population and demographics

Undisputed is the fact that the population of Toronto has exploded, seen mostly through the 20th and 21st Century.  Standing previously at 1.3 million, 2006’s census noted that the population had increased to over 2.5 million people. In 2016, this number grew to nearly 3 million full-time residents of Toronto.  The population of Toronto is projected to grow to 8 million by the year 2030.

The city is a diverse one, often referred to as cosmopolitan.  This is because there was an influx of immigrants after WWII that led to a very culturally diverse population.  This cultural blend continues today, with many ethnic neighbourhoods within Toronto, and with many of the services of the city, including health services, translated in up to 12 languages.

Home to people of all ages, Toronto is popular for seniors mostly because of the number of amenities available.  Led by access to great health services, there is also a bustling public transport system and many senior-oriented facilities that make quality of life easy and safe for those who are transitioning in their life.  So much so that the population of seniors, currently at 16%, is predicted to grow to 19% by 2030.

Features of Toronto

There are many landmarks in Toronto.  The most famous one is the free-standing CN Tower.  Other popular ones include the Eaton Centre, Roy Thomson Hall, Massey Hall, the beautiful Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), Royal Ontario Museum, and the Toronto-Dominion Centre.

One of the most famous landmarks is Casa Loma.  Looming over the city, it throws an archaic and beautiful traditional piece of architecture smack in the middle of firmly modern day Toronto!

Home to many green spaces, considering its focus on being a solid metropolitan space, Toronto’s biggest is High Park, which covers an impressive 400 acres.  There is a lot to do in Toronto as it is home to many festivals, events, indoor trade shows and carnivals that make it easy for residents to have an active, full and interesting lifestyle. There are many areas to explore, restaurants to try and events to participate in.

Overall, the city itself covers 632 sq km with both skyscrapers and integrated suburban neighbourhoods, each featuring different personalities to help many find their new home in a neighbourhood that appeals to their personal tastes and wants.

Historical relevance

Toronto has a long, well-documented history, dating back to its settlement in 1750 as Fort Rouille, to its establishment in 1793 as York.  It was incorporated in 1834 as Toronto, and then grew from there to be named the City of Toronto in 1998 as surrounding municipalities of Scarborough, East York, Etobicoke, York and North York, were amalgamated and renames as part of the “new” City of Toronto. 

One of its most talked-about historical features is that French settlers who came to live in Toronto with other Europeans, teamed up with the First Nations people who had previously inhabited the area.  In contrast to many European settlers who were seen as destructive to the First Nations people, the French saw them as powerful allies, namely for the fur trade routes that were so valuable at the time.

Costs of retirement living in Toronto

Retirement Homes vary in price depending on ownership, location, size, type of room, amenities, and other factors.Toronto is a large metropolis, and because of that, Retirement Homes in Toronto will cost more than retirement communities in smaller cities or towns. CMHC’s 2020 data indicates that the average rent in Ontario for a 'seniors' residence' is just under $4,000/month. That being said, there are a few, mainly smaller independently owned homes, that will come in under that mark, and many others in a large city like Toronto, that will be above that price point.  Retirement Homes in a large city, are on average between $4,000 and $7,000/month depending on many factors and there will always be some that are lower priced (often with fewer amenities or owned by an independent small business), and some that are higher priced (like large, corporately owned homes with many amenities/suites/staff/higher overhead or boutique-type homes located in the more exclusive areas of the city).  

The most expensive home we were able to locate in Toronto had some select suites in the range of $17,000+/month however that is not the norm, or the average and many Retirement Homes in Toronto are well under that price point. Please note: because Toronto is such a large city since its amalgamation with nearby boroughs, when we discuss Toronto pricing in this section, we are for the most part discussing our knowledge of the central and downtown part of Toronto. We have subdivided the city of Toronto, for our purposes on this website, into 4 areas in order to give our users a clearer idea of where a home is located, and to assist those who can still visualize the old divisions. Toronto, as a whole is very large with hundreds of housing options so, we have separated, Toronto, Scarborough, Etobicoke and North York in our database and resource sections of this website. We hope this is helpful to our users and gives them a better idea of location. For information on housing in those areas, please click on the links below.

Retirement Homes in North York

Retirement Homes in Etobicoke

Retirment Homes in Scarborough

Retirement homes are governed by both the Retirement Homes Act (RHA) and the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) in Ontario. As such, the rent portion of what you pay is under 'rent control guidelines' and the related legislation for 'care homes' under the RTA. The care portion is not regulated because there no legislation governing care in a private residence. This has resulted in many homes offering two separate price schedules – one for room & board based on the room you want, some or all meals, and light housekeeping, and a separate cost for different types of care packages. 

It is our recommendation that when you are researching retirement homes, ask if there are separate charges for care services, what they are, what it covers, and if there are any unpublished costs that you may be responsible for (e.g., cable, TV, internet, activities, etc.). It is always helpful, to understand how the pricing works, that you ask when the last few increases were for care, and how much the cost was increased by each time. Knowing this information will assist you in being able to properly budget and ensure available funds for care now and in the future.

If you are interested in comparing the cost of living in retirement home with that of living in your existing property (aging in place), you can visit our cost calculator page on SeniorCareAccess.com to print off a comparison chart that you can complete when you are researching retirement homes in Toronto.

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Dowling Rest Home

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Shepherd Village

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The Russell Hill Retirement Residence

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Weston Gardens Retirement Residence

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Queens Estate

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Chartwell Avondale Retirement Residence

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The Teddington

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Christie Gardens Apartments and Care & Life Lease

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The Millwood

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Leaside Retirement Residence

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Forest Hill Place

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Amica on the Avenue

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The Annex

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Bill McMurray Residence

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The Sumach by Chartwell

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The Claremont

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The Dunfield Retirement Residence

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Bradgate Arms

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Chartwell Grenadier Retirement Residence

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The Briton House Retirement Centre

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Weston Retirement Village

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