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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 2016 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.


Ontario 
The following table shows resident co-payment rates effective July 1, 2016. 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.  

 

TYPE OF ACCOMMODATION    

CO-PAYMENT DAILY AMOUNT

CO-PAYMENT MONTHLY AMOUNT

LONG-STAY PROGRAM

Basic or standard accommodation

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

$58.99

$1,794.28

Preferred accommodation

Semi-private room

$71.12

$2,163.24

Preferred accommodation

Private room

$84.27 

$2,563.22

SHORT-STAY PROGRAM

 

 

$39.19

N/A

*Optional services (e.g. cable TV or hairdressing), can be purchased for an additional fee. 
Updated May 2017


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 2016 the monthly rate is:

 

Monthly Rate

Minimum Client Rate    

  $1,104.70/month

Maximum Client Rate

$3,240.00/month

Updated May 2017


Manitoba – Personal Care Homes 
Long term care costs depend on a client’s after-tax income and marital status. To calculate your daily rate based on your income visit http://www.gov.mb.ca/health/pcs/calculator.html

 

Monthly Rate

Minimum Client Rate    

  $34.90/day/person

Maximum Client Rate

$81.60/day/person

Allowed Amount of Client Disposable income is $314/month

   

Rates effective August 1, 2016 
Information obtained from 
http://www.gov.mb.ca/health/pcs/qanda.html

Alberta 
Rates as of July 1, 2015


Type of Accommodation

Daily Rate

Standard Accommodation (Ward)

$52.65 until June 30, 2017 

As of July 1, 2017 cost is 

$53.80

Semi-Private Accommodation

$55.45 until June 30, 2017

As of July 1, 2017 cost is

$56.65

Private Accommodation

$64.10 until June 30, 2017

As of July 1, 2017 cost is 

$65.50

From: www.health.alberta.ca/services/continuing-care-accommodation-charges.html


Saskatchewan 
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 January 1, 2017 below are examples of resident charges at various income levels


Monthly Income

Monthly Resident Charge

$ 1,413

$1,086 (minimum)

$ 1,900

$1,329

$ 2,500

$1,629

$ 2,900

$1,829

$ 3,370

$2,065 (maximum)

Quoted From: www.health.gov.sk.ca (May 2017) 


Quebec 
Fees are set on the 1st of January of every year by the Ministry of Health and Social Services.


Type of Accommodation

Maximum Monthly Cost

Wards (3 beds or more)

$1,141.80

Semi-Private Room

$1,535.70

Private Room

$1,836.90

Quoted from: http://www.ramq.gouv.qc.ca/en/citizens/aid-programs/Pages/accomodation-public-facility.aspx


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: 
http://www.health.gov.nl.ca/health/faq/nhltfaq.html


Nova Scotia 
"
The Department of Health and Wellnes sets nursing home rates, which are applicable from November 1 – October 31. A nursing home resident can expect to pay up to $110.00per day, effective November 1, 2016. 85% of a resident’s assessed income will be applied to their accommodation charge, as long as they have $260  per month for personal spending.
In Nova Scotia, nursing homes residents do not pay a different rate according to room type. Meaning, there is not one rate for a private room, another rate for a semi-private room, and yet another rate for a ward room. The nursing home decides which residents will receive each type of room based on several factors, such behaviour (a resident who exhibits disruptive behaviours may be assigned a private room as to not disturb other residents), availability, and care needs."

Quoted from: http://www.nursinghomeratings.ca/understand-the-nursing-home-system/nova-scotia May 2017


New Brunswick 
Fees for nursing homes in New Brunswick are set by The Department of Health. How much an individual pays (for room and board) depends on one’s family income to a maximum of $113.00/day (effective April 2014). 

Quoted from: http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/services/services_renderer.9615.Nursing_Home_Services.html (May 2017)

Prince Edward Island 
The most up to date document we can find on the Government of PEI website states the following: "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: https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/sites/default/files/publications/nursing_home_cost_of_accommodations.pdf (May 2017)

Northwest Territories 
The (co-payment) cost to residents for Long Term Care room in NWT effective May 1, 2017 is $796.00/month. "
Residents may be charged additional fees by the facility to cover costs of continence products, social activities, hairdressing, massage, or medications not covered by their supplementary health benefit program."

Quoted from: http://www.hss.gov.nt.ca/en/services/continuing-care-services/long-term-care

Nunavut 

There are no fees for residents of nursing homes. The government fully subsidizes the costs for Nunavut residents who require long term care.

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Esther Goldstein, B.Sc., B.S.W., RSW
Email: info@senioropolis.com

 

 


 
 

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