More Than Just A Room


What Is Canada HomeShare?

Canada HomeShare is a program run by the National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE) that matches older adults (55+) with a spare room in their home who would benefit from receiving additional income and/or help around the home with university and college students seeking affordable housing.

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.


Safety and Support

Canada HomeShare is entirely facilitated by a team of dedicated Social Workers who will prioritize your safety and security by completing Vulnerable Sector Screenings on all participants and safety checks on all homes and providing ongoing support in the form of regular follow-ups, mediation, and conflict resolution services. We are here to support you through every step to ensure a safe and happy HomeShare experience.


Join Canada HomeShare

Applying to our Program

The Canada HomeShare Program is seeking post-secondary students and home providers.

To start your HomeSharing journey today, please complete an online Matching Form. Our team of Social Workers will carefully match participants based on a variety of preferences and attributes.



The Canada HomeShare Network is Expanding

Please contact us if you would like information about bringing the Canada HomeShare model of intergenerational home-sharing to a community near you 

In The News

Press Coverage on the Canada HomeShare Program

Inside the Story March 4 2020

Toronto HomeShare program pairing seniors with students Inside the Story - March 04, 2020

CBC Radio-Canada

Ma colocataire a 82 ans ("My roommate is 82 years old") CBC Radio-Canada - January 02, 2020

Global News

Toronto seniors and students coming together under one roof Global News - September 16, 2019

Fairchild Radio Toronto AM1430

Fairchild Radio Toronto AM1430 - September 23, 2019

CTV News Toronto - August 1, 2019

An unlikely match: Why more seniors and students are living together CTV News Toronto - August 1, 2019

University of Toronto Magazine

Roomies with a twist: U of T researchers help run home-sharing project that pairs seniors with students University of Toronto Magazine - February 6, 2019

Toronto Life

Housemates who are bridging the generational divide Toronto Life - April 30, 2019

Toronto Life - August 13, 2018

Q&A: Raza Mirza and Andrea Austen on helping seniors rent their spare rooms to broke students Toronto Life - August 13, 2018

The Canadian Press

'My home was their home': Why seniors, students living together saves more than rent money The Canadian Press - July 22, 2018

CTV News Toronto

CTV News Toronto - December 31, 2018

Why seniors and students make the be

Why seniors and students make the best roomies - October 18, 2018

AM1430 - September 23, 2019

For media inquiries please contact Raza M. Mirza, Network Manager, National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE),



Due to Covid-19, Canada HomeShare has postponed all upcoming events. Please stay tuned for future event details. 

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Meet The Team
Andrea Austen

Andrea Austen


 Seniors Transition Office

Seniors Services and Long-Term Care

City of Toronto

Dr. Raza M. Mirza

Dr. Raza M. Mirza

Network Manager

National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE)

Jackie Tanner

Program Manager and Clinical Lead

Toronto HomeShare Program

Aislin O'Hara

Aislin O'Hara

Program Advisor

Toronto HomeShare Program

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Leeann Trevors

Program Officer,

Toronto HomeShare Program

Cathlin Martin

Cathlin Martin

Provincial Network Facilitator

Toronto HomeShare Program


James Hull

Program Consulatant

Toronto HomeShare Program


Contact Us

Get in touch with the Canada HomeShare Program to learn more about our work and how you can get involved.