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General Information:

What is Peel Access to Housing (PATH)?

Peel Access to Housing (PATH) is the “one-window” point of access for people who want to apply for subsidized housing in the Region of Peel.

PATH is managed by the Region and maintains a centralized waiting list for the various social housing providers in Peel, and provides customer services to applicants on the waiting list.

What services does PATH provide?

  • Manages and maintains the Centralized Waiting List for Social Housing Providers in Peel;
  • Provides a social housing directory with information regarding social housing in Peel;
  • Answers inquiries concerning social housing in Peel;
  • Provides referrals and resources regarding shelters, emergency housing, eviction prevention and community services and resources.
  • Processes new applications for subsidized (rent-geared-to-income) housing in the Region of Peel (including determining eligibility for social housing according to the Housing Services Act (HSA);
  • Updates applications for subsidized housing by making changes to information such as address, family composition, telephone numbers, immigration status and household income.

How can I contact PATH?

Write or visit us at:

Peel Access To Housing
10 Peel Centre Dr., Suite B
PO Box 2800, STN B
L6T 0E7

Call us at: 905-453-1300

Email us at: peelaccesstohousing@peelregion.ca

Fax us at: 905-453-1308 (Please do not fax in your application)

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How are Applicants Chosen for Subsidized Housing?

Subsidized housing providers in Peel generally select residents based on a first come, first serve basis. In other words, the central waiting list for subsidized housing that PATH maintains is chronological, and applicants are placed in order by their date of application.

Some applicants with unique circumstances receive special priority. Co-ops also seek applicants who have expressed a willingness to participate in the functioning and managing of the co-op by getting involved in various committees.

What is Subsidized (Rent-Geared-to-Income) Housing and How Much Does it Cost?

Subsidized housing is housing in which the rent you pay is determined by your income.

Subsidized or “rent-geared-to-income” (RGI) rents are about 30% of your gross monthly household income. For example, if you make $1500 a month, then your basic subsidized rent might be about $500. Adjustments to the rent are made depending on what utilities are included or not included in the rent. The amount paid is reviewed at least once a year. Depending on your situation, you may have other deductions and allowances.

If you receive social assistance, rent is charged at a set amount, according to the kind of benefits you receive and the number of people covered by your benefits. This amount is based on the rent benefit set by the government, rather than 30% of your gross monthly income.

Utilities and Parking costs are not always included in the rental cost of a unit. Please refer to the Building Selection section of the Subsidized Housing Application (1.03 MB, 30 pages) for costs information on individual buildings.

Most subsidized housing is in buildings known as “social housing.” Social Housing buildings have tenants with a variety of incomes. Units are rented to tenants that require a range of RGI subsidy levels, and also to those who can pay full market rent. For more information on the various types of social housing please follow this link: What are the Different Types of Subsidized Housing in Peel?

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Who is Eligible for Subsidized Housing?

Anyone can apply for subsidized housing in Peel as long as they meet the following basic eligibility requirements:

  • One member of the household must be at least 16 years old and able to live independently;
  • All members of your household must be a Canadian citizen, landed immigrant or made an application for permanent residency/ sponsorship/ refugee protection under the Immigration & Refugee Protection Act (Canada);
  • No removal orders have become enforceable;
  • Former tenants of any social housing provider who have outstanding arrears can only be considered if the arrears have been paid in full or in some cases arrangements to repay are made with the social housing provider and or landlord;
  • No household member has convictions for rent-geared-to-income fraud or misrepresentation.

Can Homeowners Apply for Subsidized Housing?

Homeowners may be eligible for social housing provided they sell their property within six months of accepting an offer of accommodation.

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How Do I Apply for Subsidized Housing in Peel?

You can apply for subsidized housing in one of three ways:

  1. Call 905-453-1300 where our Assessment Unit staff will help you complete an application over the phone
  2. Apply online
  3. Fill out an application which is available online, at our offices for pick-up or by calling 905-791-7800 and staff can mail out an application form to you.  

If you have any questions, call us – staff are happy to answer your questions.

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What if I Can’t Get Some of the Information or Documentation That PATH Wants for My Application?

If you are cannot get information that PATH needs for your application, we may ask you for other information in its place. Follow this link for a list of Acceptable ID. Remember, until your application is complete, we will not place it on the waiting list.

What are an Applicant’s Responsibilities?

Applicants for social housing have a number of responsibilities:

  • You are responsible to notify Peel Access to Housing of any changes to your information in order to maintain your eligibility status;
  • You are responsible to confirm your interest in remaining on the waiting list for housing. This confirmation must be done with Peel Access to Housing once a year.

Applicants must notify Peel Access to Housing if:

  • Your address changes;
  • Your phone number changes;
  • You want to live in locations other than those you chose on your application;
  • The number of people in your household changes;
  • The contact person on your application changes;
  • Your income changes;
  • Your Immigration status changes.

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The most important changes to report are summarized below.

applicant responsibility

Printed copy of the above information (45 KB, 2 pages).

If you are on the waiting list and need to update your information please Contact Us.

What Income Do I Declare?

You are required to declare gross income (before any deductions) from all income sources for all household members.

“Income: includes all income, benefits, and gains you receive or may be entitled to, of any kind and from any source.

You are required to declare all income, even though some types of income may not be used to calculate your rent-geared-to-income rent.

Please refer to our Definition of Income Information Sheet (74 KB, 1 page) for further details.

If you are on the waiting list and need to update your information please Contact Us.

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How Long do I Have to Wait for a Subsidized Housing Unit in Peel?

The wait for subsidized housing in the Region of Peel continues to be very long.

Although Peel Region wants to house as many of the people who need subsidized housing as possible, the demand for housing far exceeds the supply and so most people experience long wait times.

Current Average Wait List Times (as of December 2013):

  • Singles who need a one-bedroom unit: average wait time is 9 years
  • Families who need a two-bedroom unit: average wait time is 9 years
  • Families who need a three-bedroom unit: average wait time is 10 years
  • Families who need a four-bedroom unit: average wait time is 12 years
  • Seniors (65 years) who need a unit in a senior's building: average wait time is 6 ½ years

Generally, wait times depend on several factors:

  • The size of the unit the applicant requires for the number of people in their household: wait times are generally longer for larger units
  • There is a limited supply of one, three, four and five bedroom units in Peel
  • The more buildings and areas selected, the more chances for an available unit
  • Larger number of restrictions placed on files by applicants may result in longer wait times
  • The turnover rate of units: some buildings have more or fewer vacancies than others and many households need their subsidy for a long period of time

Please note: Applicants will receive up to three offers of housing. There is an unknown and sometimes lengthy amount of time between offers.  People who decline 3 offers are removed from the wait list.  For this reason, it is important that applicants only select buildings/areas where they want to live.

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When Will I be Contacted About Available Housing?

When you are one of the next applicants being considered for a vacancy the housing provider will contact you. All offers of accommodation are made by Housing Provider Staff – Not PATH staff. You may be called for an interview. Many housing providers have requirements regarding good credit and landlord reports before offering housing.

How Many Offers of Subsidized Housing Will I Receive?

  • A maximum of 3 suitable offers of social housing will be made;
  • The offers will be based on your building selections;
  • At the time of the third refusal your application will be cancelled. If you still wish to be on the waiting list for social housing in Peel you will have to reapply. You will be placed at the end of the list and a new waiting list date will be given to you.

All offers of accommodation are made by the Housing Provider Staff – Not PATH staff.

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What are the Different Types of Subsidized Housing in Peel?

Most subsidized housing is in buildings known as “social housing.” Social Housing buildings have residents with a variety of incomes. Some units are rented to households that receive a range of rent-geared-to-income (RGI) subsidy levels, and some are rented to those who can pay full market rent.

There are subsidized units in social housing buildings owned and run by non-profit housing providers and co-operative housing providers, but also in buildings where the landlord is participating in the Rent Supplement program. This makes for three basic types of subsidized housing:

  • Non-profit housing
  • Co-operative housing
  • Rent supplement housing

Choosing the kind of housing that will work best for you is very important. Please consider carefully what type(s) of housing you would like to live in. The following sections discuss the different types available. You can select any mix of buildings from all categories. Please consider all of your housing options.

As noted above, please remember that the length of time a household spends on the waiting list is also dependent on:

  • The number of buildings selected on your application – for example if you choose only a small number of buildings you will have to wait a longer time than someone who has chosen a larger number of options. The household with many options selected will likely have more offers of housing made to them.
  • The turnover rates within the specific buildings selected on your application – different buildings have different turnover rates, with some having more frequent vacancies than others.

Please note: You will only get three offers of housing. If you reject these offers you will be removed from the waiting list. For this reason it is important to select buildings that you want to live in.

If you wish to update your building selection, please submit a
Building Selection Sheet Update (780 KB, 18 pages) form to PATH.

NOTE: Please ensure the name and ID of the individual the housing application is under is written on the Building Selection Sheet Update form.

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What are Non-Profits?

Non-Profit buildings are usually owned and operated by groups such as service clubs, faith groups, ethnic organizations, labour unions, municipal governments or other community organizations. These groups receive funding assistance from various government programs, as well as community and charitable contributions.

Peel Living is the Region of Peel’s non-profit housing corporation. It is the largest non-profit housing provider in Peel. Non-profits are run by boards of directors. Both subsidized (rent-geared-to-income) units and market rent units are available in non-profit buildings.

For more information on non-profit housing please see our Non-Profit Housing Information Sheet. To learn more about Peel Living please see our Peel Living section of this Website.

For details about specific buildings please see the Building Selection section of the Subsidized Housing Application (1.03 MB, 30 pages) and the corresponding maps of all the social housing buildings in Peel.

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What are Co-operatives?

Co-operatives are non-profit housing communities that are managed by a Board of Directors made up of resident members. Social housing applicants become members of the housing co-operative when they move-in.

All co-op members are expected to volunteer and participate in the housing co-operative by assisting with a committee or serving on the Board of Directors.

Both subsidized (rent-geared-to-income) units and market rent units are available in co-operative buildings.

For more information on co-operative housing please see our Co-operative Housing Information Sheet.

For details about specific buildings please see the Building Selection section of the Subsidized Housing Application (1.03 MB, 30 pages) and the corresponding maps of all the social housing buildings in Peel.

What is the Rent Supplement Program?

Under the Rent Supplement Program the Region of Peel Housing and Property Department manages subsidy agreements with private landlords. Through these agreements the difference between what the landlord is charging for rent (market rent) and the rent that is affordable to the resident is paid for by the government. The units under these agreements are filled by people from the social housing waiting list.

Applicants may apply for accommodation under the Rent Supplement Program at the same time they apply for non-profit or co-operative housing. Rent Supplement buildings are located in Brampton and Mississauga.

For details about specific buildings please see the Building Selection section of the Subsidized Housing Application (1.03 MB, 30 pages) and the corresponding maps of all the social housing buildings in Peel.

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Can I Select Rent Supplement, Co-operative and Non-Profit Housing?

Yes. The more building selections you make, the more you increase your chances for housing.

There is no limit in the number of choices you can select. You may select as many choices/buildings as you wish.

Your selections are made by completing the Building Selection section of the Subsidized Housing Application (1.03 MB, 30 pages). For details about specific buildings please see the Building Selection section of the Subsidized Housing Application (1.03 MB, 30 pages) and the corresponding maps of all the social housing buildings in Peel.

If you wish to update your building selection, please submit a
Building Selection Sheet Update (780 KB, 18 pages) form to PATH.

NOTE: Please ensure the name and ID of the individual the housing application is under is written on the Building Selection Sheet Update form.

What Types of Accommodation are Available?

In social housing buildings in Peel, bachelor, one, two, three, and four bedroom unit sizes are available. These various types of units are available in both townhouses and apartments. Please see the Building Selection section of the Subsidized Housing Application (1.03 MB, 30 pages) for unit size and building type details. To inquire about five bedroom unit availability please contact PATH.

In social housing buildings units are rented to tenants that require a range of subsidy levels (thus paying a range of rents geared to their individual incomes), and also to those who can pay full market rent.

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How Many Buildings Can I Choose?

You may choose as many buildings as you wish. As noted above, please remember that the length of time a household spends on the waiting list is also dependent on:

  • The number of buildings selected on your application – for example if you choose only a small number of buildings you will have to wait a longer time than someone who has chosen a larger number of options. The household with many options selected will likely have more offers of housing made to them.
  • The turnover rates within the specific buildings selected on your application – different buildings have different turnover rates, with some having more frequent vacancies than others.

Please note: You will only get three offers of housing. If you reject these offers you will be removed from the waiting list. For this reason it is important to select buildings that you want to live in.

If you wish to update your building selection, please submit a
Building Selection Sheet Update (780 KB, 18 pages) form to PATH.

NOTE: Please ensure the name and ID of the individual the housing application is under is written on the Building Selection Sheet Update form.

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What Bedroom Size am I Eligible for?

The size of a subsidized unit you are eligible for is based on the number of members in your household:

  • No more than two (2) persons are assigned to a bedroom;
  • Separate bedrooms are assigned to children of the opposite sex;
  • Adults who are not married are assigned separate bedrooms unless they agree to share one;
  • Two children may share a bedroom;
  • Other factors to be considered include medical conditions, the size of the bedroom and the ages of the children.

Please see the Building Selection section of the Subsidized Housing Application (1.03 MB, 30 pages) for unit size and building type details.

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What if I Want to Apply for a Market (Unsubsidized) Rent Unit?

If you are interested in an unsubsidized market rent unit, you can contact individual non-profit housing providers and co-operatives throughout Peel. You can obtain a list of those providers through Peel Access to Housing at 905-453-1300 or through the link below.

Social Housing Providers with Market Units

Learn about Market Units Available from Peel Living.

If I Am Housed Somewhere That is not my First Choice, Will I Still be on the Waiting List for my Other Choices?

Once you are housed, you are taken off all building waiting lists. If you want to move you will have to begin the application process again with a brand new application date. This is why it is important that you choose your locations carefully.


Revised: Thursday May 22 2014

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