MPP Bell requests an immediate review of the Retirement Homes Act, including how it interacts with the Residential Tenancies Act, in response to abrupt closures of retirement homes. Private retirement homes should not be able to force residents out without a formal eviction process by suddenly cutting off the vital services that these seniors rely upon and pay for.
The ability for seniors to have access to secure housing and services is jeopardized by provisions in the Retirement Homes Act that permit a retirement home to remove and/or dramatically increase the cost of critical services, such as meals and nursing, well above the level of cost recovery. This means seniors could be forced to leave their homes simply because they can’t afford the new fees for services they require. Seniors deserve better protections from eviction than this.