City of Toronto
Housing Connections manages the centralized waiting list for subsidized housing in Toronto. Subsidized housing, or rent-geared-to-income rental units, are funded by government programs and allow eligible tenants to pay reduced rental rates based on their household's annual income. (source)
Eligibility RequirementsBasic eligibility for rent-geared-to-income housing has the following requirements:
All members of the household must be Canadian citizens, landed immigrants (permanent residents), applicants for permanent resident status, refugees, or a refugee claimants;
One member of the household must be 16 years of age or older and able to live independently with or without supports;
There must be no enforceable deportation, departure or exclusion order against any household members;
No member of the household can owe arrears to another social housing provider in Ontario unless there is an up to date repayment schedule in place;
No household member or former member has convictions of rent-geared-to-income fraud or misrepresentation.
One acceptable personal identification document must be attached to your application form for each member of the household as proof of status in Canada.
How long is the wait list?The wait ranges from about one to five years for a bachelor;
seven to ten years for a one-bedroom;
five to ten years for a two-bedroom;
ten to twelve years for a three- to four-bedroom;
and four to six years for a five-bedroom home.
You need to wait for your name to come up on the waiting list and for a vacancy in the size of unit in buildings you have chosen.