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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 and need assistance to pay for housing.

The benefit in this stream can be used anywhere in Manitoba and will be payable for up to 24 months.  The benefit will be delivered by the Provincial Services office of Manitoba 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 that is at or below the non-EIA Rent Assist program's disability program income limit
  • need assistance to pay for core housing
  • be a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident of Canada or refugee claimant
  • live in private rental accommodations
  • have a tenancy agreement

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

To continue being eligible for benefits, recipients must report all changes that may impact their eligibility such as:
  • changes in household size
  • address changes or 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 per cent of income + non-EIA Rent Assist), up to $250 per month

For eligible applicants not receiving 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

Annual Renewal Form

Complete this form annually to ensure you are eligible and that the benefit continues.

Download the Annual Renewal form (PDF), or call Provincial Services at 204-948-7368 or
1-877-587-6224 (toll-free)
to have an annual renewal form mailed to you.

Change in Information Form

Complete this form if there are any changes to your circumstances (e.g., changes in household size, address changes or moves, changes in rent or  income) that may affect the continuation of your benefit.

Download the Change in Information form (PDF), or call Provincial Services at 204-948-7368 or
1-877-587-6224 (toll-free)
to have a change in information form mailed to you.

Submitting Completed Forms

All completed forms 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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