Types of rent

Types of rent


This is rent paid for subsidized housing. It is 30 per cent of gross monthly household income (income before deductions) plus utilities and other service charges, such as parking, where applicable. The 30 per cent rule is set by the Housing Services Act. Under the rules for social housing in Ontario, the amount paid is reviewed at least once every year. However, if you pay rent-geared-to-income, asset or household composition and your income changes at any time during the year, you must report the change to Toronto Community Housing within 30 days.

If all of your income is from Ontario Works or the Ontario Disability Support Program and you pay rent-geared-to-income, your rent is calculated according to a scale plus utilities and other service charges. You are still responsible for reporting any changes to your income, asset or household composition to Toronto Community Housing within 30 days.

All rent-geared-to-income subsidized​ housing rules are enforced by the Housing Services Act and the Rent-Geared-to-Income (RGI) Administration Manual​.

Affordable rent

This type of rent is set at or below average market rent. To qualify, an applicant's household annual gross income cannot be more than four times the annual rent of the unit being applied for.

Market rent

This is the same or slightly lower than rents charged by private landlords in the area.​

How to apply

If you would like to apply for market rent, affordable rent or rent-geared-to-income housing, please visit the rent section​.