Changes to housing subsidy for tenants
If you’re receiving a housing subsidy, the amount of money you pay for rent is based on your household income.
This is also known as Rent-Geared-to-Income (RGI) subsidy.
How much rent you pay and what is required to maintain your eligibility for housing subsidy is set by the Ontario government through the Housing Services Act, 2011.
As the Service Manager, the Region manages the housing subsidy on behalf of the Ontario government.
Changes made to the Act in 2019 will affect your housing subsidy for this year. We will continue to provide updates as they become available.
As of July 1, 2020, there will be a new higher minimum rent amount for RGI tenants. The minimum rent amount will also increase every year. This means:
- If you’re paying minimum rent, your rent will increase in July of every year.
- If you’re paying less than the new minimum rent amount, your rent will now increase in July of every year until it reaches the new minimum amount.
- This change is led by the Ontario government and there is no appeal process.
If you’re a client of Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support Program, these changes will not affect your RGI rent.
We expect there to be more changes announced by the Ontario government sometime next year.
New eligibility criteria
As of July 1, 2021, you and everyone in your unit will be required to file your taxes and submit your Notice of Assessments and T1 General forms at your annual review every year. Filing your taxes will become mandatory to keep your housing subsidy.
If you have any questions, contact your current representative.
As information regarding these changes is still being made available, we’ll continue to provide updates as we receive them.