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Rent Supplement Program




The Rent Supplement Program provides a subsidy to help make rental accommodation more affordable for individuals and families.  This initiative is part of the National Housing Strategy

Eligible Applicants

Eligible applicants are prioritized on a first come, first served basis. To qualify for provincial affordable housing programs, applicants must:

  • have an income below local income limits as determined by the market for that community. Check the income thresholds document to see if your income qualifies
  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident

Eligible Expenses

Types of Rent Assistance:

  • Rent Assistance Benefit – This long-term benefit subsidizes rent for Albertans with low income.
    • paid directly to tenants
    • available through most housing management bodies across Alberta
    • amount is calculated based on household income and local market rent
    • households are prioritized based on need
    • may be renewed annually
    • no limit to annual benefit renewals if eligible
  • Temporary Rent Assistance Benefit – This short-term benefit provides a subsidy for working households with low income or those between jobs. Support should help eligible tenants afford their rent while they stabilize or improve their situation.
    • paid directly to tenants
    • available for households in Calgary, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat and Red Deer, and most surrounding communities
    • amount calculated based on household size and location and will be reduced in the second year – see Temporary Rent Assistance Benefit rates
    • 2-year limit with eligibility reassessed after the first year
    • households are prioritized on a first-come, first-served basis
    • households can reapply for rent assistance at the end of 2 years

Deadline Date



Contact Name: Alberta Supports Contact Centre

Phone Number: 780-644-9992 (Edmonton) or 1-877-644-9992 (toll-free)


Industry: Municipalities, Location: Alberta ,
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