Shelter Allowance Program

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You may be eligible for the shelter allowance program if the bulk of your budget goes to housing and at least one of the following situations applies to you:

  • You live alone and are 50 or older.
  • You have a spouse and one of you is 50 or older.
  • You are part of a low-income household (composed of workers, students or income-security recipients, for example) with at least one dependent child.

The shelter allowance program applies to:

  • homeowners
  • tenants
  • rooming house occupants
  • any individual who shares a dwelling with one or more other occupants

The shelter allowance program takes into account the number of people in your household, the type of household you live in, your income and your monthly rent.

You may receive a monthly allowance of up to $100 by cheque or direct deposit. You will usually begin receiving the allowance one month after you file your duly completed application. We review the amount of the allowance once a year. You can check the status of your application, see your monthly payments and view the notices of determination that may be sent to you by using the online service in My Account for individuals to view a shelter allowance file.

Check to see whether you qualify for the shelter allowance program

2021-2022 Program Year
Number of people in your household Type of household Your household's monthly rent* is more than or equal to** Your household's annual income is less than or equal to***

One adult

One adult and one child

Person 50 years or older living in a rooming house

Person with one child or more living in the rooming house

$198 $18,364

One adult

Individual aged 50 or over

$308 $18,364

Two adults

One adult and one child

Childless couple in which at least one of the partners is aged 50 or over

Single-parent family with one child

$398 $27,971

Two adults and one child

One adult and two children

Couple with one child

Single-parent family with two children

$434 $27,971

Two adults and two children

One adult and three children

Couple with two children

Single-parent family with three children

$460 $27,971

Two adults and three or more children

One adult and four or more children

Couple with three or more children

Single-parent family with four or more children

$486 $27,971
* The shelter allowance program can also help you pay a mortgage. 
** If you pay your own electricity or heating, you may qualify for the shelter allowance program even if your rent is less than the amount shown.
*** Your income for the 2020 taxation year, excluding monthly support payments received (for a maximum of $350 per child).

You are not eligible for the shelter allowance program in the following cases:

  • You live in a low rental housing unit (HLM) or a government-funded health and social services centre.
  • You receive a rent supplement or another housing subsidy.
  • You or your spouse, where applicable, have belongings or cash amounts that exceed $50,000 in value (excluding the value of your residence, land, furniture and car).

To receive the shelter allowance, you and your spouse, if you have one, must have filed your Québec income tax return. Moreover, you must meet the program's eligibility criteria and enclose the required documents along with your application. Note that only one person per couple can apply. The amount of the allowance will be the same regardless of who files the application.

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If you think you qualify for the shelter allowance program, contact us for a Shelter Allowance Application (form LEX-165-V). The form is not available online.

For more information, see brochure IN-165-V, Shelter Allowance Program, or go to the Société d'habitation du Québec website.

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