Assisted Living Program

The Assisted Living Program is an Income dependent residency-based program that provides funding to assist in non-medical, social support services to seniors, adults with chronic illness, and children and adults with disabilities (mental and physical) so that they can maintain functional independence and achieve greater self-reliance. There are three major components to the program; in-home care, adult foster care and Institutional care. In-home care provides financial assistance for non-medical personal care for all individuals who need assistance with activities of daily living. Adult foster care and institutional care provide funding for eligible individuals in need of personal non-medical care in a supported living environment. The expected outcome for the Assisted Living program is that individuals maintain their independence for as long as possible while maximizing the quality of their daily experience at home and in the community.

The fourth component of the Assisted Living program is the disabilities initiative which funds projects to improve the coordination and accessibility of existing disability programs and community services to persons living on reserve. The Disabilities Initiative provides approximately $1 million annually to fund eligible projects which can include components such as advocacy, public awareness and regional workshops. A call for funding proposals is issued once a year; funding application forms are available from AANDC's regional offices.


The Assisted Living Program is available to all individuals residing on-reserve, or ordinarily resident on-reserve, who have been formally assessed by a health care professional (in a manner aligned with the relevant province or territory) as requiring social support services. Individuals must not have the means to obtain such services themselves, or access to other federal or provincial/territorial sources of support, as confirmed by an assessment covering employability, family composition and age, and financial resources available to the household.

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For further information on the Assisted Living Program in your community, contact the AANDC regional office nearest you.