Independent Supportive Living options provide both the advantages of living
independently in an apartment and the availability of supportive services and
amenities typically provided in full-service retirement residences.
Usually multi-storey apartment buildings, these options offer accommodation
in spacious studio, one bedroom and two bedroom apartment suites, most with full
kitchens or kitchenettes. Tenure is usually on a life-lease, condominium or
rental basis. Many such facilities are operated by not-for-profit organizations
and are partially funded through the Ministry of Health's Supportive Housing Program
In these cases, a number of units are made available on a
rent-geared-to-income basis. In some cases, the purchase of a minimum supportive
services package is mandatory which may include services such as concierge, 24
hour emergency response, social/recreational programs and one or two daily
meals. Additional meals and supportive services can often be purchased on an as
Many Independent/Supportive Living facilities offer common amenities such
as lounges, an activity room, games room, dining room and others for the
enjoyment of residents and their guests.