The Residents' Rights Resources

The formation of residents’ rights afforded to all persons living in long-term care homes, began in the early 1950’s and grew to 27 distinct rights.  The Ontario Residents’ Bill of Rights is embedded in our provincial legislation, Long-Term Care Homes Act (LTCHA 2007), and accompanying Regulations (O. Reg. 79/10).

All long-term care homes in Ontario (including those formerly known as nursing homes, municipal homes for the aged, and charitable homes) are governed by the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007. The requirements in the LTCHA ensure that residents of these homes receive safe, consistent, and high-quality resident-centered care in settings where residents feel at home, are treated with respect, and have the supports and services they need for their health and well-being.

Residents’ Councils review and promote the Residents’ Bill of Rights.  The following resources are some of the supports available to provide a deeper understanding of the rights.

Through our Eyes: Bringing the Residents’ Bill of Rights Alive Program

Working together, this unique program guides long-term care home teams of staff and residents to co-develop and co-facilitate education sessions about the Residents’ Bill of Rights (LTCHA 2007). The program provides educators with a step-by-step guide, videos, exercises and resources to develop the education.

Accessing the Residents’ Bill of Rights (LTCHA 2007)
Audio/Visual versions of the Residents’ Bill of Rights

Looking for ways to make Residents' Bill of Rights education more inclusive at your home? OARC has created audio/visual recordings (English only) to better meet the changing needs of residents living with sensory changes and impairments.  A simple visual/audio and audio only version of the Residents’ Bill of Rights, Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007, c. 8, s. 3 (1).    

Resident Preferred Language - Residents’ Bill of Rights (LTCHA 2007) Translated

Educating residents, team members, and other stakeholders about the Residents’ Bill of Rights is a necessary and ongoing effort taking place at every long-term care across the province.  We are committed to making resident rights education as accessible and meaningful as possible. To enhance current efforts, the OARC team has recently started to collect and compile an inventory of the Residents’ Bill of Rights translated into different languages, to better support homes serving residents of diverse cultural backgrounds. Every resident deserves to have a copy of the Bill of Rights in their first/preferred language to promote/enhance their understanding, and the team at OARC is hoping to make this possible through this ongoing initiative. Thank you to the long-term care homes who shared their resources and to the Ontario Centre for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care (CLRI) at the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging for their support. Questions or suggestions?  Contact Melissa McVie, Education and Support Facilitator, 905-731-3710 x 260

Residents’ Bill of Rights (LTCHA 2007) Source
Chinese (Cantonese) 
Chinese (Simplified) 
Chinese (Traditional)
With Examples – Chinese (Traditional)
Thank you to Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care
English OARC Through Our Eyes Program
French OARC Through Our Eyes Program
Italian Thank you to Villa Leonardo Gambin
Korean Thank you to the Rose of Sharon Korean LTC



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Newmarket, ON L3Y 1J6

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