You can apply, but if your residential property can be used all year (even if not in Canada), you must sell it within six months (180 days) after receiving subsidized housing.
Yes, but once you are housed you must pursue income from one or more of the following sources:
Failure to pursue a specific type of income within the required time frame may result in a decision of ineligibility.
An individual is considered to be able to live independently if they are able to perform the essential activities of day-to-day living, or can do so with the aid of support services and demonstrates that those support services will be provided when they are required.
Non-Profits are owned and operated by community-based, non-profit organizations. They are either self-managed or managed through a property management company.
Co-operative Non-Profits are similar to other non-profit housing corporations, except each resident becomes a member and has a say in how the co-operative is operated. Each member is expected to help in the day-to-day operations and the Board of Directors is established from members of the co-operative.
Properties owned and operated by the service manager area or county with Board of Director’s appointed by the service manager or county.
Rent supplement is a program that offers eligible applicants subsidized housing in privately owned buildings. While residing in a market rent unit, the tenant’s rent is subsidized based on the household income. The service manager area or local housing corporation pays the difference between the subsidized amount the tenant pays and the market value.
Some areas may have buildings that fall under a funding model for the Affordable Housing Program where rent is set at less than or equal to average market rent levels determined by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.
You can select any location you wish so long as you are eligible for the unit and community. It is important to make sure that you only pick the places where you really want to live.
The number of bedrooms is determined by the occupancy standards that apply to your household size. Each centralized waiting list administrator area will confirm what size of unit you are eligible for.
Many locations have units that are accessible to people who require a wheelchair or have other physical limitations.
If you require a unit that is wheelchair accessible, please indicate on the application form. Each waiting list administrator will request more information from you and perhaps have your physician or other medical professional complete a specific form which will be reviewed for eligibility.
The length of time before a unit comes available will vary depending on the area and the locations you choose. Your centralized waiting list administrator will be able to tell you more about the length of the waiting list for the locations you pick.
The system for selecting households is based primarily on the date of application (also referred to as the chronological selection process). When a vacancy occurs, the housing provider will choose the next applicant on the waiting list.
Special priority may be given to your application if you are a victim of domestic violence or human trafficking. Please refer to the section on Special Priority if you believe you may qualify for this status.
Some areas may have other types of priority based on local policies.
For more information about priority placement on a waiting list, contact the waiting list administrator.
It is important that you keep your file up-to-date. You must notify the centralized waiting list administrator(s) for the area(s) you have selected about any changes in the information you have provided on your application. You must do this within 30 business days of the change occurring, for example:
Failure to update this information may result in your application being removed from the waiting list and you will have to re-apply.
Please make sure that the centralized waiting list administrator(s) have a daytime telephone number so you can be called when a unit becomes available. If you cannot be reached during the day, it would be helpful if you gave a telephone number of a contact person who can be reached during the day, so they can pass on the message to you.
Some areas may also communicate this information via email if you have selected that as your preferred method of communication and have consented to receive communications containing personal information via email.
When you are offered housing, you can refuse two offers without losing your spot on the waiting list. However, if you turn down a third offer, you will no longer be eligible for subsidized housing and you will be removed from the waiting list.
There is a section in the application form where you may indicate if you believe you qualify for special priority.
Special Priority Status is intended to help victims of abuse permanently separate from their abuser.
Special Priority Status:
You may qualify for Special Priority Status if you are eligible for subsidized housing and you, or a member of your household (16 years old or older):
To apply for special priority status as a victim of domestic abuse or a victim of human trafficking, you will be required to submit specific forms requesting the priority and supporting documentation. Contact your waiting list administrator for more information about their verification process.
Generally, subsidized rent is based on 30 per cent of your household’s total gross monthly income. Additional charges may apply depending on the building (i.e. parking).
If you are receiving assistance from Ontario Works or the Ontario Disability Support Program, your rent is based on a pre-determined rent scale.
When you rent is calculated, all assets of the household are also taken into consideration.
‘Income’ means ALL income, benefits and gains of every kind and from every source.
Gross income must be reported (amount before deductions and taxes.)
‘Assets’ include any savings, investments and property owned by any member of your household over the age of 16.
You must declare any assets (house, property, etc.) you transferred within the last 36 months, by sale, gift, lease to someone who is not part of the household. This is also considered a non-income producing asset for rent calculation purposes.
If a housing provider decides not to offer you a unit, you will be told in writing about the reason for denying you. You may request a review of that decision.
A housing provider can refuse to offer accommodation to an applicant for the following reasons: