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Nursing Home Rates Across Canada

Nursing home/Long-Term Care across Canada varies in terms of terminology and cost factors. Long-term care is regulated & monthly rates are determined by each province’s Ministry of Health. Every province determines what their rates are, when they are increased and by how much and what subsidies are available for those below the income level of the minimum accommodation rates.

It is difficult to find information on monthly nursing home rates as not all provinces publish them online however we have made an effort to try to locate recent figures. Please note: this was updated in January 2015 however the rates contained in this article may not be exact as it is possible that some provinces have increased their rates since the documentation we have located was created and published. Every effort to find accurate and up-to-date information was made but we cannot be responsible if the figures have changed from what we have listed below. We encourage you to use these rates as a guide only and consult either the home you are interested in or your own Ministry of Health office/Health Authority/Community Care Access Centre to find out the most accurate and up-to-date rates for nursing home care in your area.

The following table shows resident co-payment rates effective September 1, 2014. The co-payment rates change from time to time (at a minimum, annually). For the most up-to-date rates, contact the staff at your local Community Care Access Centre






Basic or standard accommodation

Various styles (Depending on when the home was constructed or renovated)



Preferred accommodation

Semi-private room

$67.93(Basic plus a maximum of $11.00)


Preferred accommodation

Private room

$80.18 (Basic plus a maximum of $21.50)




$36.85 per day


*Optional services (e.g. cable TV or hairdressing), can be purchased for an additional fee. 
Quoted From: (January 2015)

British Columbia
Government-Subsidized Nursing Homes (Residential Facilities)
Subsidized nursing home clients pay a daily fee, up to 80% of their after-tax income. Rates are adjusted annually based on the consumer price index.
As of 2015 the monthly rate is:


Monthly Rate

Minimum Client Rate


Maximum Client Rate


Quoted (January 2015) 

Manitoba – Personal Care Homes
Long term care costs depend on a client’s after-tax income and marital status. 

Monthly Rate

Minimum Client Rate    


Maximum Client Rate


Allowed Amount of Client Disposable income is $300/month

Rates effective August 1, 2014 to July 31, 2015
Information obtained from

Rates as of July 1, 2014

Type of Accommodation

Daily Rate

Standard Accommodation (Ward)


Semi-Private Accommodation


Private Accommodation



In Saskatchewan, long-term care is provided in Special Care Homes. The cost residents pay is based on their reported income (indicated on line 150 of your Tax Return). Personal assets are not included in this determination. Rates are adjusted annually.
As of October 1, 2014, the rate charged to the resident ranges from $1,049.00 to $1,995.00/month.

Examples of resident charges at various income levels

Monthly Income

Monthly Resident Charge

$ 1,341

$1,049 (minimum)

$ 1,500


$ 2,000


$ 2,500


$ 3,234

$1,995 (maximum)

Quoted From: (January 2015) 

Nursing homes in Quebec are called centres d'hébergement et de soins de longue durée (CHSLD). Fees are set on the 1st of January of every year by the ministère de Santé et des Services Sociaux (Ministry of Health and Social Services).

Type of Accommodation

Monthly Cost

Wards (3 beds or more)


Semi-Private Room


Private Room


Rates are from 2013
Quoted from: (Report quoted was from 2013 – we could not locate more recent information)

Newfoundland & Labrador
The monthly cost that a resident pays in a Nursing home is determined by the Department of Health and Community Services. The maximum someone can be charged to live in a nursing home is $2,800.00/month. If, based on a financial assessment by the Regional Health Authority, the individual is unable to pay the full rate, subsidies are available.
From: (January 2015)

Nova Scotia
The Department of Health sets the standard accommodation rates for nursing homes & Homes for the Aged in Nova Scotia annually. The fee is $107.75/day. This fee includes accommodation and meals however residents are responsible for personal items (i.e. clothing, eyeglasses, hearing aids, dental services etc.). Any health care costs provided within the home for its residents are paid for by the government (i.e. nursing and personal care, social work services, and various therapies). Rate reductions are available based on a financial assessment.
Quoted from: (Feb 2014) & rate obtained from

New Brunswick
Fees for nursing homes in New Brunswick are set by The Department of Health. How much an individual pays depends on one’s family income to a maximum of $113.00/day (rate is effective April 2014/prior to April 2014 the rate is $107.00/day).
Quoted from: (Feb 2014)

Prince Edward Island
"The 2012 accommodation cost for nursing home residents with a government accommodation subsidy is $77.60 per day. Islanders with a net annual income less than $30,000 may qualify for a subsidy and can apply to the Long-Term Care Subsidization Program....To inquire about the details of the program call: 1-888-365-5313"

Quoted from: (Feb 2014)

Northwest Territories
The (co-payment) cost to residents for Long Term Care room in NWT is $761.00/month.
Quoted from: (January 2015) 

“There are no fees for nursing home care. Nursing homes are entirely subsidized by the government.” 
Quoted from: (January 2015)


Esther Goldstein, B.Sc., B.S.W., RSW



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