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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.

The following table shows resident co-payment rates effective July 1, 2015. 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

$70.35(Basic plus a maximum of $12.00)


Preferred accommodation

Private room

$83.35 (Basic plus a maximum of $25.00)







*Optional services (e.g. cable TV or hairdressing), can be purchased for an additional fee. 
Quoted From: (January 2016)

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    


Maximum Client Rate


Quoted (January 2016) 

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


Monthly Rate

Minimum Client Rate    


Maximum Client Rate


Allowed Amount of Client Disposable income is $308/month


Rates effective August 1, 2015 to July 31, 2016 
Information obtained from

Rates as of July 1, 2015

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 January 1, 2016 below are examples of resident charges at various income levels

Monthly Income

Monthly Resident Charge

$ 1,392

$1,070 (minimum)

$ 1,700


$ 2,000


$ 2,700


$ 3,322

$2,035 (maximum)

Quoted From: (January 2016) 

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)


Semi-Private Room


Private Room



Rates are from January 2016 Quoted from:

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 2016)

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 $110/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 (January 2016)

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: (January 2016)

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: (January 2016)

Northwest Territories 
The (co-payment) cost to residents for Long Term Care room in NWT effective April 1, 2015 is $772.00/month. 
Quoted from: (January 2016) 

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


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




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