If you do not have enough income to pay for the basic room, the government can help you through a subsidy that will bring the cost down to a level you can pay. The subsidy is not available to people requesting semi-private or private rooms.
If you wish to apply for a subsidy, you must provide your Notice of Assessment from Revenue Canada, which provides proof of your annual income. You receive a Notice of Assessment each year after filing your income tax return. If you cannot find your Notice of Assessment, you can call Revenue Canada at 1-800-959-8281 and you will be provided the information you need.
Applying for a subsidy requires you to disclose only your annual yearly income. It does not include the value of your assets.
If a large portion of your pension income will be going towards payment for the facility and leaving your spouse with little or no income, call the Income Security Program at 1-800-277-9914 for further information.