Families

Employment and Income Assistance

Rent Assist

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:


Rent Assist is a financial benefit for people who receive Employment and Income Assistance (EIA)  and have housing costs to cover. It is also available to other low-income private renters.

Rent Assist can help people move successfully into training and jobs. By combining shelter benefits inside and outside of EIA, the benefit program is simpler, and moves with people as their situations change. 

Coverage

Rent Assist helps two groups of Manitobans who may need help with their housing costs.

Rent Assist for Manitobans Receiving EIA Fact Sheet
Rent Assist for
Manitobans Receiving
EIA Fact Sheet

1. Manitobans receiving EIA will receive Rent Assist if they have housing costs. Rent Assist will be included with monthly EIA payments. 

The amount of the Rent Assist benefit for people receiving EIA will be based on things like:

  • rental costs
  • mortgage payments, taxes and other fees for those who  own their own home
  • the number of people in the family
  •  if the family lives in Manitoba Housing, has other subsidized housing benefits or is paying rent in unsubsidized housing  
  • whether utility costs (ex: heat, electricity, water) are included in the rent 

 

 

Rent Assist for Manitobans NOT Receiving EIA Fact Sheet
Rent Assist for
Manitobans NOT
Receiving EIA
Fact Sheet

2. Rent Assist can also help with the cost of rent for low-income Manitobans who are renting or paying room and board in unsubsidized housing.

The amount paid from Rent Assist will depend on the number of people in the household and the total household income.

 

 

 

Eligbility

Manitobans not receiving EIA benefits may apply for Rent Assist if they:
  • pay rent or room and board for unsubsidized housing
  • have an annual net household income of less than $24,129 for a single person, $27,386 for two persons, $33,729 for three or four persons, or $42,000 for five or more persons. 
  • have dependent children in the home and have a household income of less than $33,729 for two to four persons, or $42,000 for five or more persons.
  • are a Canadian citizen, or a permanent resident of Canada. 
Manitobans may not apply for non-EIA Rent Assist if:
  • they rent their home from Manitoba Housing
  • they, or the unit they live in, gets any other kind of housing benefit or subsidy
  • they live on a First Nations reserve
  • they live in a nursing home, hospital or residential care facility
  • they live in student housing 
The Rent Assist Estimator can also help households see if they may have eligibility for Rent Assist.

Applying

To apply for non-EIA Rent Assist, you can download an application form, or call Provincial Services at 204-945-2197 in Winnipeg; 1-877-587-6224 toll free; or TTY 204-948-3698 to have an application form mailed to you.

If you apply for EIA benefits, your eligibility for Rent Assist will also be assessed.  To apply for EIA, call 204-948-4000 in Winnipeg; toll free at 1-877-812-0014; or 1-800-855-0511 (Manitoba Relay Service).

To find an office near you, go to the website.

In Winnipeg

Outside Winnipeg

Non-EIA Rent Assist Application Form Direct Deposit Form
Non-EIA Rent Assist
Application Form

Direct Deposit Form

Contact Us

Non-EIA Rent Assist
Winnipeg: 204-945-2197
Toll Free: 1-877-587-6224
Email: provservic@gov.mb.ca

Address: 
Department of Families
100 - 114 Garry Street
Winnipeg MB R3C 4V4

EIA Rent Assist:
Phone: 204-948-4000
Toll-Free: 1-877-812-0014
Email: eia@gov.mb.ca
Winnipeg Service Locations or Rural and Northern Service Locations

After-Hours (emergency only):
Winnipeg: 204-945-0183
Toll Free : 1-866-559-6778
TTY: 1-800-855-0511 (Manitoba Relay Service)