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There is a new, one-time housing benefit for lower income renters. People in Ontario can now apply for a $500 top-up. The application period is now open and ends March 31st 2023.


To be eligible to receive this benefit your income must be less than $35,000 for families or $20,000 for individuals who pay at least 30 per cent of their income on rent. As well, you must:

  • Have filed your 2021 income tax return
  • Be at least 15 years of age by December 1, 2022
  • Have your principle residence in Canada as of December 1, 2022
  • Have paid rent for your own shelter in 2022
  • Have paid at least 30 per cent of your 2021 income on rent for your shelter for 2022

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