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Ottawa & Area

The Social Housing Registry of Ottawa (The Registry) is a non-profit organization that maintains the central waiting list for people applying for rent-geared-to-income (RGI) housing. The Registry keeps the list according to rules set out by the Province of Ontario in the Housing Services Act, 2011. Besides Ottawa this program provides housing in the following areas: Nepean, Kanata, Gloucester, Cumberland and the following townships: Osgoode, Rideau, Goulbourn and West Carleton. (source)



Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for subsidized housing, you must meet all of the following conditions:

All members of the household must be a Canadian citizen, Landed Immigrant, Refugee or Refugee Claimant

No member of the household is currently under a deportation, departure or exclusion order to leave Canada

At least 1 person in your household must be 16 years of age and older

No member of the household owes money to any social housing provider

No member of the household has been convicted of an offence in relation to rent-geared-to-income assistance or found by a court of law or the Landlord and Tenant Board to have misrepresented their income for the purpose of rent-geared-to-income assistance

If you own a house, you must agree to sell it within 180 days of being housed

You must be able to live independently, and make your own arrangements for support services

If you, or anyone in your household, owes money to a social housing provider, you must make arrangements with them to pay.You must follow through on the payment arrangement.

How do I apply?

Fill out this form and return it to:

The Registry

2197 Riverside Dr.

5th Floor

Ottawa, Ontario

K1H 1A9

Are there any supports for those with disabilites?

Supportive housing helps people who have difficulty living independently or maintaining their housing. It reduces isolation that is often the consequence of living with such challenges as mental illness, substance abuse and other disadvantages by providing those in need with on-site supports. Housing support services can include community referrals, assistance with life skills, counseling, crisis intervention, assistance maintaining housing and opportunities for peer support and community involvement. For more information about this program visit this page.

How long is the waiting list?

When you apply, you can choose one, some or all housing providers that you qualify for. The length of time depends on how flexible you are about where you want to live and the type of housing you want. The time on the waiting list varies but can be 5 years or more. After you have filled in your application, you will be placed on the waiting lists of the providers you have chosen. When these providers have a vacancy in one of their communities, they will look at their waiting list and contact the household that has the earliest date of application. Some households may qualify for a priority that may allow them to be housed sooner.

Additional Information

For additional information and contact numbers please visit this website.