Rental Assistance Program – You will not be eligible if:

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You will not be eligible for the Rental Assistance Program if:

  • You or your family receive income assistance   under the B.C. Employment and Assistance Act or the Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Act (excluding Medical Services only).
  • Your annual gross household income is over $35,000.
  • You have more than $100,000 in assets.  
  • You live in subsidized housing.
  • You live in co-operative housing and are a shareholder.
  • You or a member of your family do not meet the residency requirements   or came to Canada under a private sponsorship agreement that is still in force.

You may be eligible for the Rental Assistance Program if you meet all of the following criteria:

  • Some or all of your annual household income must come from employment.
  • You have a gross annual household income of $35,000 or less.
  • You have at least one or more dependent children. Who is considered a dependent child? An unmarried child, stepchild, adopted child or legal ward, mainly supported by the applicant, who is:
    • Under 19 years of age; or
    • Under 25 years of age and registered in full-time school, university or vocational institute which provides a recognized diploma, certificate, or degree; or
    • Of any age who, because of mental or physical infirmity, is accepted as a dependent for income tax purposes.

Please note: In The Housing Registry, some providers may have different criteria about what constitutes a dependent child.

  • You have less than $100,000 in assets.  
  • You file an annual income tax return.
  • You pay more than 30 per cent of your household income towards rent for your home, or pay pad rental for a manufactured home (trailer) that you own and occupy.
  • You have lived in British Columbia for the full 12 months immediately preceding the date of application.
  • You meet the residency requirements   for the program.

Once you have confirmed your eligibility, the next step is to complete an application form.

Note: Income assistance already includes a subsidy portion for housing and you cannot receive a housing subsidy from two sources. If your income assistance has ended and you are receiving Medical Services   only, you may be eligible for the Rental Assistance Program with documentation.

See our Glossary for definitions.


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