Temporary

Rental Assistance

CMHC

The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation is pleased to offer a new funding stream dubbed Temporary Rental Assistance. To help meet an extremely tight deadline, the Centre has been asked to assist in the outreach and application process.

If your non-profit housing organization had a funding agreement with CMHC that expired before April 1, 2016, your group is likely eligible for TRA.

However, you must act quickly to take advantage of this opportunity because the deadline to submit an application is March 1, 2021.

Please check out the eligibility conditions below. If you think your project meets the criteria, we encourage you to contact one of the Centre staff immediately to kick-start your application process. We’ll will even help you fill out the application.

A bit of background: In 2016, CMHC implemented the Federal Community Housing Initiative, a funding program to support community housing projects whose federally administered funding agreements were to expire. But housing providers whose CMHC agreement(s) ended before April 1, 2016, were not eligible for FCHI. The TRA fund corrects that omission.

The details
Eligibility

Housing providers may be eligible to receive the temporary rental assistance if they meet the following criteria:

-They are a non-profit housing provider whose CMHC-administered agreement with the federal government ended BEFORE the date in the following list:

  •  Saskatchewan: January 1, 1997
  •  New Brunswick: April 1, 1997
  •  Newfoundland: April 1, 1997
  •  Northwest Territory: April 1, 1997
  •  Nova Scotia: October 1, 1997
  •  Yukon: October 1, 1998
  •  Manitoba: October 1, 1998
  •  Nunavut: April 1, 1999
  •  Ontario: October 1, 1999
  •  British Columbia: April 1, 2006
  •  Alberta: April 1, 2016
  •  Québec: April 1, 2016
  •  Prince Edward Island: April 1, 2016

-whose operating agreement with CMHC was under one of the following social housing programs:

  • Section 95 non-profit, co-operative, urban native
  • Section 56.1 non-profit, co-operative, urban native
  • Section 95 (Post-85) Index-Linked- Mortgage (ILM) co-operatives
  • Section 15.1, 27 and 61 non-profit and co-operatives
  • Section 26 non-profit.

-who has an eligible low-income household in its project, which is defined as a household:

  • whose rent exceeds thirty percent of its gross household income, and
  • who is not receiving rental assistance from another source.

Download enrolment form here.

Important to note

Applications from eligible housing providers will be prioritized to assist those in most urgent need and at most risk of losing their affordable accommodations.

Enrolling for temporary rental assistance does not guarantee access to the funding but starts the process of having your request assessed, your eligibility confirmed, and your temporary rental assistance amount determined. You may opt out or withdraw your application at any time. As well, please note that this temporary rental assistance is offered on a one-time exceptional basis, with no assurance of continued federal government support.

How to proceed

 If you think you are eligible for this funding, please contact a team member responsible for your region.

Calculation worksheet for the administration of TRA

Meet the team working on Temporary Rental Assistance

This team brings together energetic and enthusiastic individuals who believe in the right to housing and the importance of affordable housing in achieving this right.

Lisa Ker

Lisa Ker

Deputy Executive Director - Man., Y.T., P.E.I.

L.Ker@centre.support

1-833-360-3967 ext 120

If you think you are eligible for this funding, please contact a team member responsible for your region.

Emma Brager

Emma Brager

Project consultant - Alberta

E.Brager@centre.support

1-833-360-3967 ext 123

Louise Casemore

Louise Casemore

Project consultant - Alberta

L.Casemore@centre.support

1-833-360-3967 ext 122

Pierre Gaudreau

Pierre Gaudreau

Project consultant - Québec

P.Gaudreau@centre.support

1-833-360-3967 ext 119

Tania Oliveira

Tania Oliveira

Project consultant - B.C.

T.Oliveira@centre.support

1-833-360-3967 ext 125

Cameron Pearson

Cameron Pearson

Project consultant - B.C.

C.Pearson@centre.support

1-833-360-3967 ext 126

Marie Réveillé

Marie Réveillé

Project consultant - Québec

M.Reveille@centre.support

1-833-360-3967 ext 121

Susanne Roethlisberger

Susanne Roethlisberger

Project consultant - Québec

S.Roethlisberger@centre.support

1-833-360-3967 ext 108

Rory Stever

Rory Stever

Project consultant - Ontario

R.Stever@centre.support

1-833-360-3967 ext 124

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