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Rent Supplement program

AHI Rent Supplement program

The provincial government will enter into agreements with owners/operators of private rental stock that has been renovated or developed under the Affordable Housing Initiative (AHI), to subsidize a portion of the units in the rental property.  The Rent Supplement program is targeted at low-income families, elderly and special needs households to obtain affordable, adequate and suitable housing in the private rental sector and in non-profit affordable housing projects.  The province subsidizes the difference between the approved market rental rate charged by the landlord and the rent-geared-to-income (RGI) paid by the qualifying tenant.


Who is eligible for the Rent Supplement Program?

An eligible tenant must:

  • have a total household income less than the Housing Income Limit (HIL) set annually by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)
  • be a permanent legal resident of Canada
  • be 18 years of age or older, and
  • hold a valid Manitoba Health Registration Card bearing their name
How are Rent Supplement program benefits paid?

The amount of Rent Supplement is the difference between the RGI and the approved market rent for the affordable housing unit.  The MHRC pays the housing project the monthly rent supplement and the tenant pays rent as usual.


Where do I get more information on the Rent Supplement program?

For more information and application forms, please contact:

The Affordable Housing Initiative
Main floor – 280 Broadway
Winnipeg MB R3C OR8
Phone: (204) 945-5566
Toll-free: 1-866-689-5566


HOMEWorks! Rental and Co-operative Housing Program

The Rental and Co-operative Housing Program works with private sector, non-profit and co-operative organizations – providing access to capital funding to help develop a new supply of rental or co-operative housing.

It works with existing provincial programs, such as Proposal Development Funding, to help non-profit groups defray the cost of moving a new construction or redevelopment proposal to the financing stage.

For more information: call 945-5566 in Winnipeg; toll-free in Manitoba 1-866-689-5566; or visit Manitoba Housing.