Low-Rental Housing - Société d'habitation du Québec

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Low-Rental Housing

The Low-Rental Housing Program is intended for low-rental households selected on the basis of their income and housing conditions. It allows tenants to pay rent equal to 25% of their income.

No new low-rental housing projects are currently being built. However, it is still possible to apply for a unit in an existing low-rental housing complex by registering on the waiting list.


You qualify for the Program if you have a low income and satisfy the following tenant eligibility criteria:

  • You are able to meet your own basic needs (personal care and everyday household chores), either independently or with help from an outside resource or personal carer.
  • You are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident within the meaning of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act Cet hyperlien s'ouvrira dans une nouvelle fenêtre., and live in Québec.
  • You lived in the landlord’s selection area for at least 12 of the 24 months preceding your application.

Some people, in exceptional circumstances, may be given priority over the waiting list. They include domestic violence victims and people whose homes have been accidentally destroyed.

Available assistance

The assistance available under the Program takes the form of a subsidy granted by your housing bureau, allowing you to pay less rent for your dwelling. The rent payable by you is based on your household’s total income in the year preceding the new lease. It is equal to 25% of your income, including heating costs.

However, you may be required to pay an additional amount for electricity, parking or air conditioning, depending on the services included in your lease.

In some types of low-rental housing, additional amounts may also be payable for special services, such as nursing care and cafeteria services.

To take advantage of the Program

The Société d’habitation du Québec provides partial funding for the Program, in cooperation with its partners. If you would like to take advantage of the Program, please apply to a housing bureau, cooperative or non-profit organization in your region.

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