Rent Supplement Program
The Rent Supplement Program provides subsidies for units in buildings owned by private landlords for residents who cannot afford to pay market rent.
Before entering into an agreement with a landlord for rent supplement units, TBDSSAB conducts a unit inspection and determines if the unit meets criteria for program delivery.
Every time a unit under the agreement with a private landlord becomes available, TBDSSAB refers information about two (2) applicants on the centralized waiting list to the rent supplement landlord. The rent supplement landlord then chooses one of the applicants for the unit and notifies TBDSSAB of the selected applicant.
A lease is signed with the tenant as well as terms of agreement for subsidy with TBDSSAB. The tenant pays the landlord a rent amount that is determined by the Housing Services Act, 2011 (HSA) and its associated Regulations. The rent is calculated based on 30% of gross monthly household income, while the TBDSSAB remits the difference to market rent to the rent supplement landlord on the first day of each month. If the tenant’s household receives government assistance, such as Ontario Works or the Ontario Disability Support Program, the amount of rent is determined from a scale created by the provincial government. Landlords must comply with all the applicable legislation (Residential Tenancies Act, 2006, Housing Services Act, 2011) as well as the Rent Supplement Agreement
Over 450 units and more than 60 landlords participate in the Rent Supplement Program in the District of Thunder Bay.
Following are the steps to become a Rent Supplement Program Landlord:
- Prospective landlord must submit the Landlord Rent Supplement Application Form to the TBDSSAB. The Form is available online, or could be mailed to prospective landlord, if requested.
- Housing Programs reviews the submitted application and contacts prospective landlord. Housing Programs evaluates unit against current Social Housing Waitlist demand and market rent levels.
- If unit meets criteria, TBDSSAB contacts prospective landlord to schedule a physical viewing of the unit.
- If all evaluation components are positive, Rent Supplement Package is sent to new Rent Supplement Landlord for completion.
- Upon submission of the signed agreement and proof of insurance (minimum $2,000,000 liability), Rent Supplement Agreement will be finalized, and rent supplement process can begin with tenants, as required.
If you are a landlord and are interested in offering your units under the rent supplement program, please complete the application form and forward your application to:
Housing Programs Officer
231 South May Street
Thunder Bay, ON, P7E 1B5