Can four older and unrelated adults legally cohabit as a family without blood or marriage ties? It likely depends on your local municipality … and how knowledgeable and enlightened they are.

Shared housing for seniors is an option that is becoming not only attractive but also necessary as the costs of housing with supports such as personal support care are out of reach of the average senior.

Often the pioneers who are developing their own Golden Girls style homes run up against badly informed and resistant bureaucrats.


Recently four women from Scugog, Ontario, tried to renovate a large single family home to fit their needs which includes two suites for caregivers. They were consistently blocked by their local Council.

Finally the Human Rights Commissioner of Ontario ruled against the council and they backed off so the project could proceed.

This February after hearing of the difficulties these women had faced, Durham’s MPP Lindsey Park joined the cause by introducing “The Golden Girl’s Act”.

Read the act as tabled – Bill 69, Golden Girls Act, 2019


Read the Toronto Star article ….
Golden Girls Act would pave way for Ontario seniors to co-live