Eligibility Requirements – Shelter Allowance Program

You may be eligible for the shelter allowance program if 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 family with at least one dependent child.

Note that if you or your spouse lived in Québec on December 31, you must have filed your Québec income tax return to receive the shelter allowance.

Period from October 1, 2021, to September 30, 2022

You are not eligible for the shelter allowance program if:

  • 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, if applicable, have belongings or cash amounts that exceed $50,000 in value (excluding the value of your residence, land, furniture and car). 

Are you eligible for the shelter allowance? 

When we calculate the amount of your allowance, we consider the number of people in your household, the type of household you live in, your income and your monthly rent. See the table below to find out if you are eligible. 

Limits on monthly rent and annual household income for the period from October 1, 2021, to September 30, 2022
Number of people in your household Type of household Minimum monthly rent Maximum annual household income
One adult Person aged 50 years or over living in a rooming house $198 $18,364
One adult and one child Person with one child or more living in a rooming house $198 $18,364
One adult Individual aged 50 or over $308 $18,364
Two adults Childless couple in which at least one of the partners is aged 50 or over $398 $27,971
One adult and one child Single-parent family with one child $398 $27,971
Two adults and one child Couple with one child $434 $27,971
One adult and two children Single-parent family with two children $434 $27,971
Two adults and two children Couple with two children $460 $27,971
One adult and three children Single-parent family with three children $460 $27,971
Two adults and three or more children Couple with three or more children $486 $27,971
One adult and four or more children Single-parent family with four or more children $486 $27,971
Note Do you pay electricity, heat or support payments?
  • If you pay your own electricity or heat, you may qualify for the program even if your rent is less than the amount shown. 
  • The household's maximum annual income is for 2020 and does not include monthly support payments received (up to $350 per child). 
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Period from October 1, 2022, to September 30, 2023

You are not eligible for the shelter allowance program if:

  • You live in a low rental housing unit (HLM) or a government-funded health and social services centre.
  • You receive a rent supplement.
  • You or your spouse, if applicable, have belongings or cash amounts that exceed $50,000 in value on December 31 (excluding the value of your residence, land, furniture and car).

Are you eligible for the shelter allowance? 

When we calculate the amount of your allowance, we consider your family situation and your income for 2021. See the table below to find out if you are eligible.

Family situation Maximum eligible annual income
Individual aged 50 or over $20,800
Childless couple in which at least one of the partners is aged 50 or over $29,400
Couple with one child $36,000
Single-parent family with one or two children $36,000
Couple with two or more children $41,600
Single-parent family with three or more children $41,600
Note Important

For the purposes of the shelter allowance, your family income is your 2021 net income (line 275 of your income tax return) plus your spouse's net income (if applicable).

Child support payments affect your net income if you received more than $500 per month per child in 2021. To adjust your net income, add the part that exceeds $500 per child to your net income for each month.

In addition, if you made support payments for one or more children in 2021, you must deduct the payments from your net income.

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