Background screening rules changing for Ontario retirement homes in 2014

Retirement homes to be subject to same rules as long-term cares homes as of Jan. 1
By Gerald Griffiths and Erin Kuzz
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 12/11/2013

Long-term care homes in Ontario have been subject to background screening requirements since 2011 when the Long Term Care Homes Act was amended.

As of Jan. 1, 2014, s. 64 of the Retirement Homes Act, 2010, (RHA) will come into force and impose similar obligations on retirement homes. The new screening requirements are significant and apply broadly, which is not surprising given the purpose of the legislation.

For most homes in the province, compliance will require changes to the way in which they recruit and hire staff and volunteers, whether directly or through a staffing agency.