Facts at a glance:
- The City’s Housing Services branch administers and funds social housing in Ottawa
- There are about 22,500 social housing units
- Rental rates for those in receipt of rent-geared-to-income (RGI) assistance within social housing are typically set according to the renter’s income, with households paying no more than 30 per cent of their income towards rent
- There are 52 independent non-profit housing organizations that operate social housing across the city
- The demand for social housing is much greater than the supply
- There are approximately 10,000 households on the centralized waiting list for social housing
- Wait times for social housing in Ottawa can be up to five years or more
Applying for social housing
To apply for social housing in Ottawa, contact The Social Housing Registry.
You can also download and print the Application Form for Subsidized Housing, which contains all of the required information and documents.
For information on the social housing providers and communities in the City of Ottawa, please review The Social Housing Registry – List of Housing Providers.
If you need help with living costs, please contact 3-1-1, select language of choice and "4" for Social Services.