The Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority is mandated to: administer the Retirement Homes Act, 2010 and its regulations, including overseeing their enforcement, for the purpose of ensuring that retirement homes are operated in accordance with this Act and the regulations; educate licensees, consumers and the public about matters relating to the Act and the regulations, including the requirements applicable to licensees, the prescribed care and safety standards for retirement homes, the rights of residents and best practices for the operation of retirement homes; provide information about retirement homes and advise the Minister on policy matters relating to retirement homes.
The fundamental principle to be applied in the interpretation of the Act and any regulation, order, or other document made under this Act is that a retirement home is to be operated so that it is a place where residents live with dignity, respect, privacy and autonomy, in security, safety and comfort and can make informed choices about their care options.
The Authority is composed of the members of its board of directors, which manages the affairs of the Authority. The board is composed of nine (9) directors. Four (4) of these directors are appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council. Five (5) of the directors are elected by the members of the board. The Minister designates the chair of the board from among the directors.
Members of the board appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council serve at pleasure. The Minister may, by order, establish rules regarding the term of directors elected to the board and whether they can be re-elected; such an order prevails over a by-law made by the board.
Appointees are paid by the Board.