Canada HomeShare

How It works

Tell us about yourself!

What kind of HomeShare experience you would like? Our online application takes approximately 30 minutes to fill out. Once complete you will receive an invitation to a meeting with a HomeShare social worker.

Let’s Have a Conversation!

We know you have questions, Canada HomeShare social workers have answers.  Your virtual meeting is an opportunity for us to get to know you, answer your questions, provide clarification, and to address any concerns you may have.

Meet your match!

Finding the perfect match takes time, we want to get it right. The Canada HomeShare process involves a Vulnerable Sector Screening and a reference check. It can take 2-3 months to be introduced to a match. Your Canada HomeShare social worker will be there every step of the way to provide updates and answer any questions you may have.

Safety and Support

Canada HomeShare™ is facilitated by a team of Social Workers who prioritize safety and security.

All participants complete a Vulnerable Sector Screening and all homes undergo a safety checks. Social workers provide ongoing support by conducting regular follow-ups and mediation.

We are here to support you through every step to ensure a safe and happy Canada HomeShare experience

Affordable Housing & Help at Home

In exchange for reduced rent of $400-$600 per month, the student provides up to seven hours of companionship and/or assistance with completing light household tasks, such as preparing and sharing meals, tidying up, carrying groceries, or walking a pet.

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ABOUT US

Building Bridges between generations

Canada HomeShare is an intergenerational housing solution by the National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE).

We work to match older adult home providers with students to create mutually beneficial living solutions.

Our work aims to support aging in place for older adults while providing safe and affordable housing solutions for post-secondary students.

Frequently asked questions

Who is eligible to join the Canada HomeShare Program?

Any older adult aged 55 and over with a spare bedroom in their home is eligible for the program. Older couples or families living with -- and caring for -- an older adult are also welcome to apply. Please note that if you live in co-operative housing you will need to ensure that having a student sharing your living space does not violate your tenancy agreement.

All students studying at a post-secondary institution on a full-time or part-time basis are welcome to apply. There is no preference given for a particular field of study, or the subject or level of the degree/certificate program. Students from specialized post-secondary institutions are also welcome to apply.

What do home providers need to provide?

All students must have their own private bedroom, access to a bathroom and kitchen, and space in the kitchen to cook and store food. Many students appreciate access to laundry, internet, and a furnished room but this is not necessary to participate in the program.

What are the terms of the Canada HomeShare agreement?

A Canada HomeShare agreement is a document that both the student and home provider sign before living together that determines the agreed-upon terms and details of their Canada HomeShare arrangement.

The terms of each HomeShare Agreement are customized to match each individual Canada HomeShare match. However, the Agreement will always address rent, what contributions are expected from the student to the household, and what spaces in the home are shared including any special considerations.

Can a home provider take multiple Canada HomeShare students at the same time?

No. Our current policy is limited to placing one student with each home provider within the boundaries of the program.

How much do you charge Home Providers and Students?

Canada HomeShare is free of charge for both Home Providers and Students.

What happens after I apply?

Within 24 hours of filling out the Canada HomeShare online application you will receive an email inviting you to book a virtual interview with your local site coordinator. If you do not see this email in your inbox please check your junk mail folder. If you have any trouble booking an interview or require assistance please email your site specific social worker. Emails available on each locations page.

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