Are You Eligible

Are You Eligible for Housing?

You can apply for housing with Calgary Housing Company under two general program types – Social Housing and Near Market (or Low End of market) housing.

Social Housing includes several different program types including Rent Supplements for private landlord units. Only one application is required to access these programs.

CHC follows the Social Housing Accommodation Regulation (SHAR) which establishes the rules for accessing Social Housing and other Rent-Geared-To-Income programs.

Please review the criteria below to determine if you are eligible to apply.

If you have any questions about this process, please contact CHC Customer Service at (587) 390-1200 for assistance.

Calgary Housing Company DOES NOT provide Emergency Housing. If you require Emergency Housing please click here for where to go for help

Social Housing

Social Housing includes a variety of programs in which rent is either set as a percentage of your income or at a low, fixed rate.

You only need to submit one application to be considered for these programs.

This includes the rent supplement programs for private landlord rentals.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to apply for Social Housing, you must first meet the eligibility requirements. If you meet the requirements, your application will be accepted and evaluated. There are three criteria for eligibility – you must meet all three criteria.

Citizenship and Immigration Status

You must be either:

  • a Canadian Citizen
  • a Permanent Resident
  • a Refugee sponsored by the Canadian Government or have applied for Refugee Status and received confirmation of acceptance of Immigration Status
Income Limits

Your Total Household income must be below Income Threshold (IT) limits for unit size (# of bedrooms)

Size of UnitHighest Allowable Income
Bachelor$36,500
1 Bedroom$43,500
2 Bedroom$53,500
3 Bedroom$58,500
4+ Bedroom$72,500

(Updated August 10, 2021. The CNIT is set annually by the Province of Alberta.)

Asset Limits

You must have less than $25,000 in household assets. Assets include, but are not limited to:

  • Bank Accounts
  • Investments (excluding RRSPs and RESPs)
  • Equity in Property
  • Equity in Motor Vehicles – First vehicle is exempt, equity in second and subsequent vehicles (current Canadian Red Book value) is included in asset calculation

If you meet the above criteria, click the button below to start the application process.

Near Market Housing

Near market (also referred to as Low End of Market  or LEM) are rentals offered at rates approximately 10% below market rates.

Eligibility for LEM rentals is based on your income level. Your income must be below the Maximum Income Limit (MIL). The MIL levels are much higher than the limits for subsidized housing programs.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for Near Market / LEM housing, your income must be below the limits listed in the chart below. As long as your income is below MIL, your application will be processed and evaluated.

Income Limits

Your Total Household income must be below the Maximum Income Limits (MIL) for the size of unit (# of bedrooms) required to be adequately housed.

(For example, two children under the age of five can share a room, but two children of the opposite gender over the age of five each require their own room to be considered adequately housed.)

Size of UnitHighest Allowable Income
1 Bedroom$71,000
2 Bedroom$81,000
3 Bedroom$89,500

(Maximum Income Limits are set by the Calgary Housing Company Board of Directors)

For Near-Market Housing:

If you find a property you like and arrange a viewing, the leasing agent will provide an application form at that time. This is a different form than the Application for Social Housing.

To see available properties, click the button below. Contact information to arrange viewings is available on the property listing pages.