What is Rent-Geared-to-Income Housing?
Rent-geared-to-income (RGI) housing is subsidized housing. The rent is based directly on the tenant's income, usually 30 per cent of the gross monthly household income. If you receive social assistance, the rent charges are based on the rent benefit set by the Ontario government, rather than 30 per cent of the gross monthly income.
Who is Eligible?
RGI housing subsidies are most often available in publicly-owned social housing, but are also available in co-operative, non profit and private housing.
- All household members must have legal status in Canada, and must not have an enforceable deportation, departure, or exclusion order.
- At least one household member must be 16 or older and able to live independently.
- No household member with charges of fraud due to misrepresenting income in the last two years.
- If any member of the household owes money to a social housing provider in Ontario, they must attach a copy of the written payment plan agreement signed by the provider.