How to find affordable housing
There are long waiting lists for non-profit housing in Ontario. In some areas, people can wait up to ten years for a rent-geared-to-income (RGI) unit. In other places, the wait is much shorter.
To join the waiting list in your area, you need to contact a co-ordinated access centre. These centres give information about the non-profit, co-op and public housing in your area.
You can also apply directly to a local non-profit housing provider if at least one of the following are applicable:
- you do not need a subsidy
- you need a unit modified for people with disabilities
- there is no co-ordinated access center in your area
Although each area has its own policies, the rules are the same across Ontario:
- You will be asked to fill out an application form. Everyone in your household 16 years or older must sign the form.
- Most units are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are a victim of any kind of family abuse (partner abuse, elder abuse, child abuse) you will be given priority. In some areas, other groups are given priority. Ask your co-ordinated access system for details.
- You can choose to apply for one building or many. The more buildings you apply for, the faster you will move up the list.
- If the information you put in your application form changes, you must tell the co-ordinated access center within the required number of days or you could be cut off the list.