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Rent Assistance



RentAid (formally Manitoba Shelter Benefit) is a monthly benefit to help low income seniors, families, persons with disabilities and some people receiving income assistance pay their rent.  Up to $230 per month is available to eligible persons who rent their living accommodation in the private market and who are required to spend a large portion of their income on rent. The amount of the benefit depends on household income and the monthly cost of renting.  Check eligibility with this on-line calculator.  Office 102-114 Garry Street. Phone 204-945-2197. Email.

RentAid for individuals on EIA who live in private rentals is now $80 per month and $50 per month for participants living in a board and room situation.

Use ServiceLink to get an estimate or to find out if you are eligible.


School Tax Assistance for Tenants 55+

Rebates available for income-tested tenants over the age of 55 to offset the school tax portion of rent costs. If you are at least 55 years of age and have a household income of less than $23,800, then you are eligible for annual rebates of up to $175, payable once a year.


Subsidized Housing

Manitoba Housing Authority (Public Housing). The Manitoba Housing Authority provides a range of quality housing such as apartments, townhouses, duplexes and houses. Rental rates are based on a rent-geared-to-income ratio of 27 per cent of the household income for one to five bedroom apartments. Rental rates for studio apartments are based on a rent-geared-to-income ratio of 25 per cent of the household income. Click here for an application form.

Winnipeg Housing and Rehabilitation Corporation (WHRC). WHRC provides affordable, clean, and safe rental housing in the inner-city and North end as well as market rent units in various areas of the City of Winnipeg. The majority of the units are available to people requiring rents geared to income (RGI). Applicants approved for RGI would pay 25 to 27 per cent of their annual gross household income. Call to inquire on their waiting list. Click here to download an application form.

Non-Profits and Cooperatives. Many co-operatives and non-profit housing providers offer rent-geared-to-income units or rent supplements. Ask the housing provider directly if subsidies are offered. The Winnipeg Rental Network will be working to list all of the subsidized housing providers.

Aboriginal Housing. Much of the housing stock managed by aboriginal and metis housing providers are on a Rent-Geared-to-Income basis.