Rent Assist

Rent Assist for Manitobans Not Receiving Employment and Income Assistance (EIA)

Changes are being made to the Rent Assist Program for households that do not receive Employment and Income Assistance (EIA).

Effective July 2017, all enrolled households will contribute a set percentage (28 per cent) of their income towards rent. The income contribution rate for rent subsidy programs in Manitoba remains one of the lowest in Canada.

The maximum benefits for Rent Assist are set at 75 per cent of Median Market Rent. Also, effective in July 2017, benefits will be calculated based only on a household's assessed income and 75 per cent of Median Market Rent.

The adjustment will affect the amount enrolled households receive as a benefit based on income from the previous year and the size of the household.

Clients can contact the Department of Families with questions about these changes in the following ways:


A Flexible Shelter Benefit for Low-income Manitobans

Rent Assist is a shelter benefit for low-income Manitobans who rent their own accommodations in the private market. Rent Assist helps make your rent affordable by paying you a benefit based on your income and the cost of rent in the market for your family size.

I am working/in an employment training program/receiving pension income but I still need some help with my rent. Can I get Rent Assist?

Yes. You may be eligible for Rent Assist – even if you are working, training or receiving pension income – if you:

  • are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada and at least 18 years of age
  • pay rent or room and board for unsubsidized housing
  • have a net annual income of less than $24,129 for a single person, $27,386 for two people, $33,729 for three or four people and $42,000 for five or more people
  • have dependent children in your home and have a net annual income of less than $33,729 for two to four people, or $42,000 for five or more people

You may not be eligible for Rent Assist if:

  • you rent your home from Manitoba Housing
  • you own your own home
  • you, or the unit you live in, gets any other kind of housing benefit or subsidy
  • you live in a First Nations community
  • you live in a personal care home, hospital or residential care facility
  • you live in student housing
  • you are in Canada on a work or study permit
  • you receive Employment and Income Assistance (EIA) benefits

How much can I receive?

The amount paid by Rent Assist will depend on the number of people in your household and your net annual household income. The benefit is based on the amount needed to help your household afford a rental cost of up to 75 per cent of the median market rent.

If applying between January and June, eligibility will be based on your tax return from two years prior to the current year. If re-applying between July and December, eligibility will be based on your tax return from one year prior to the current year.

The easiest way to get an estimate of your monthly Rent Assist benefit is to use our online calculator.

How are benefits paid?

Rent Assist benefits are paid monthly by direct deposit or cheque. Once a year, your Rent Assist eligibility will be reassessed based on the income reported on your tax return. You must claim rent on your income taxes annually to be eligible.

Please note that if you receive the Manitoba Education Property Tax Credit, it will be reduced by the amount of your Rent Assist benefit.

Are Rent Assist benefits going to go up?

Each July, maximum Rent Assist benefits will go up if there is an increase in the median market rent.

How do I apply for Rent Assist?

To apply for Rent Assist or to have an application mailed to you, please contact:

Provincial Services
100 - 114 Garry Street
Winnipeg, MB R3C 4V4
Phone: 204-945-2197
Toll free: 1-877-587-6224
Email: provservic@gov.mb.ca

You can also download an application form.