Changes to Social Housing

Important Notice: Changes to Social Housing

The Province is making changes to Social Housing for applicants and tenants that will impact your housing application.  

If you are on the Access to Housing centralized wait list for Social Housing or you already live in social housing and are waiting to transfer into a different unit, the changes below will impact you.

Changes to Housing Offers

As of January 1, 2021, all applicants on the Access to Housing centralized wait list for Rent-Geared-to-Income (RGI) housing subsidy assistance will only receive one (1) offer of housing. This change will help people move into housing more quickly. 

Currently, you can refuse up to three (3) offers of housing before being removed from the wait list. As of January 1, 2021, you can receive one (1) offer of housing when you are the next person on the wait list.

If you do not accept this offer, you may lose your place on the wait list and your application may be cancelled. Offers will not be counted if they constitute exceptional circumstances.

Any refusals before January 1, 2021 will not impact your eligibility.

If your application is cancelled, you will have to reapply and wait until your name reaches the top of the wait list again before receiving an offer. Cancellation from the wait list can be reviewed by the Social Housing Review Panel. The process for requesting a Review will be outlined in your cancellation letter. 

Update your Information Yearly
Offers of housing are based on the building selections we have on file for you. Make sure you only select buildings you want to live in or would accept if offered. It is a good idea to review your information and building selections each year. If you are satisfied with your current building selections, you do not have to do anything.

To review or update your building selections, contact Access to Housing: