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Affordable Housing

The Affordable Housing Rental Program (hereafter Affordable Housing) is designed for lower-to-moderate income households whose Total Household Income (THI) is below the Program Income Limit (PIL). The household must meet all eligibility criteria below to qualify for affordable housing.

Students who are not eligible for the Affordable Housing program may still apply for Market Rate units. The difference between affordable housing rates and market rates is listed here.

Note that while requirements 1-4 are required for affordable housing, requirement 3 is applicable to both affordable housing and market rate units.

Students can select to either option during the application process.

Eligibility Requirements

1. Be either a Canadian Citizen, a permanent legal resident of Canada, or a refugee claimant.

  • See item "4." below for accepted forms of documentation.

2. Have a total household income below the Affordable Housing Program Income Limit:

  • Household without children: $63,450 (2023)
  • Household with children: $84,600 (2023)

3. Comply with National Occupancy Standards:

    • A maximum of two persons per bedroom.
    • Parents and children may not occupy the same bedroom.
    • Adult household members aged 18 and over have separate bedrooms, except those living as part of a married or common-law couple.
    • Household members under 18 years of age of the same sex share a bedroom.
    • Household members under 5 years of age of the opposite sex may share a bedroom if doing so would reduce the number of required bedrooms. (This situation would arise only in households with an odd number of males under 18, an odd number of females under 18, and at least one female and one male under the age of 5.)
    • Occupancy Standards are applicable to both market rate and affordable housing units.

4. Provide documentation affirming compliance with the above:

    • Canadian Government-issued Identification Cards: A copy of Canadian-government-issued photo ID card (passport, permanent resident card, Certificate of Indian Status, or driver's licence) showing face, name, gender, and birth date must be submitted for new residents and each of their occupants. This is to maintain compliance with national occupancy standards for each room type.
      • Continuing residents extending their occupancy to a future term need to resubmit their IDs. 
      • For minors who may not have a photo ID, a birth certificate showing the age, sex, and relation to the parent may be accepted.
    • Proof of Income Statements: A printed copy of the most recent Proof of Income Statement ("Option C") for each adult in the household. These forms are available from CRA's My Account website here » 

Affordable Housing Application Process

The Applicant is expected to have reviewed the Affordable Housing eligibility criteria and collected the required documentation before applying to Campus Living.

To apply, submit a “Family Housing” application on the StarRez Portal. A non-refundable application fee is required to start an application, and applications will not be processed by Campus Living before receiving the required documentation. If the documentation is approved, applicants pay an application deposit to accept the room offer and reserve the room. (NOTE: This deposit is not required for current residents renewing their room for an upcoming term.)

Learn more about the application process here »

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