More Than Just A Room


What Is Toronto HomeShare?

Toronto HomeShare is a City of Toronto 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

Toronto 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 Toronto HomeShare

Applying to our Program

The Toronto 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 Toronto HomeShare Network is Expanding

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

In The News

Press Coverage on the Toronto 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),

Event Information

Applegrove's Annual Seniors Active Living Fair
Wed, Mar 18
S.H. Armstrong Community Centre
Mar 18, 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM
S.H. Armstrong Community Centre, 56 Woodfield Rd, Toronto, ON M4L 2W6, Canada
Join us and Councillor Paula Fletcher for an informative and free day of workshops, active demonstrations, and many exhibitors featuring unique services and products to keep you independent and active! FREE light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Please see poster for registration information.
Seniors Information & Active Living & Lifestyles Fair
Wed, Mar 11
Beach United Church
Mar 11, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Beach United Church, 140 Wineva Ave, Toronto, ON M4E 2T4, Canada
Join us and Councillor Brad Bradford for an informative and free day of workshops, active demonstrations, health clinic, healthy snacks and over 25 exhibitors featuring unique services and products to keep you independent and active!
University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) Off-Campus Housing Session
Mon, Mar 09
University of Toronto Scarborough AA205
Mar 09, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
University of Toronto Scarborough AA205, 1265 Military Trail, Scarborough, ON M1C 1A5, Canada
Meet The Team

Andrea Austen


 Seniors Transition Office

Seniors Services and Long-Term Care

City of Toronto

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

Program Advisor

Toronto HomeShare Program

Leeann Trevors

Program Lead, Strategic Planning and Recruitment

Toronto HomeShare Program

Cathlin Martin

Provincial Network Facilitator

Toronto HomeShare Program

Elliot Campbell

Program Lead, Outreach

Toronto HomeShare Program

James Hull

Program Consulatant

Toronto HomeShare Program


Contact Us

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

National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE)

246 Bloor St W, Room 234

Toronto, ON

M5S 1V4

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