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Canada-Manitoba Housing Benefit
Youth Stream

This stream is designed to support independence and improve outcomes for youth who are in the process, or have recently transitioned (within one year), out of the care of Child and Family Services who have affordability gaps in housing costs resulting in core housing need.

The benefit in this stream will be portable within Manitoba and will be payable for up to 24 months.  The benefit will be delivered by the Provincial Services office of the Department of Families.


To be eligible for the CMHB youth stream, applicants must:

  • complete a program application
  • be receiving Employment and Income Assistance (EIA) or non-EIA Rent Assist or
  • have a net income at or below Disability Program Income Limit of the non-EIA Rent Assist program
  • be in core housing need due to affordability
  • be a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident of Canada or refugee claimant
  • live in private rental accommodation
  • have a tenancy agreement

Note: If an applicant does not yet have a signed lease agreement at the time of application, the application will be held until this supporting documentation is received so rent can be verified, and eligibility and benefit amount can be determined.

To continue to be eligible for benefits, recipients must report all changes that may impact eligibility such as:

  • changes in household size
  • address changes/moves
  • changes in rent
  • changes in income

Youth may not apply for the youth stream of the CMHB if:

  • they rent their home from Manitoba Housing or other subsidized housing
  • they live on a First Nations reserve
  • they live in a hospital or residential care facility
  • they live in student housing
  • they live outside of Manitoba

Benefit Calculation

For eligible applicants, the CMHB will be calculated as:

  • CMHB = Rent – Rent Assist, up to $250 per month
  • CMHB = Rent – (30% of income + non-EIA Rent Assist), up to $250 per month

For eligible applicants not in receipt of EIA or non-EIA Rent Assist, the CMHB will be the maximum benefit of $250 per month.


To apply for the youth stream of the CMHB you can download an application form (PDF), or call Provincial Services to have an application form mailed to you:

  • 204-948-7368 in Winnipeg
  • 1-877-587-6224 toll free
  • TTY 204-948-3698

Completed applications can be submitted to Provincial Services:

  • By email:
  • By fax: 204-945-3930
  • In person or by regular mail: 114 Garry Street, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 4V4

Note: this webpage will be updated if the program becomes full and intake needs to pause until additional funding is available.


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