How long do I have to wait for subsidized housing?

Generally, you have to wait a long time but some people, such as those experiencing abuse or terminal illnesses, may not have to wait as long.

There are waiting lists for subsidized housing across Ontario. In some areas, the waiting list is 7 to 10 years. In other places the wait is shorter.

Generally, people who have been on the waiting list longer will be offered housing first. This is called first come, first served.

You can contact a community agency or housing help centre for more information about subsidized housing. To find help in your area, go to Services Near Me.

For More Information

  • Rent-Geared-to-Income Subsidy - The online application portal for households applying for or managing their existing application for Rent-Geared-to-Income housing.
  • Find Your Local Service Manager - There are 47 service managers across Ontario that can help you find housing options in your area. Use this list to get contact information for your municipality or district.
  • Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association (ONPHA) - An association of private and municipal non-profit housing providers in Ontario. The ONPHA website explains what non-profit housing is, describes ONPHA services and has links to related organizations.
  • Benefits Wayfinder - This bilingual one-stop portal lets you search for federal, provincial, and territorial benefits, as well as COVID-19 related resources. From Prosper Canada.
Last updated: March 7, 2022 4001300