The one-time top-up to the Canada Housing Benefit aims to help low-income renters with the cost of renting. You may be eligible for a tax-free one-time payment of $500 if your income and the amount that you pay on rent qualify.
The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) administers this one-time payment. To apply for this new federal one-time payment, you do not need to receive other housing benefits such as the Canada Housing Benefit, which is co-funded and delivered by the provinces and territories.
Applications are open until Friday, March 31, 2023.
You must meet the eligibility criteria:
- You were born on or before December 1, 2007 (at least 15 years old on December 1, 2022
- Your principal residence was in Canada on December 1, 2022 (For this benefit, your principal residence is the place where you normally live and pay rent.)
- You were a resident of Canada in 2022 for tax purposes.
- In 2021, you had an adjusted family net income of:
$35,000 or less for families
$20,000 or less for individuals
- The 2022 eligible rent that you paid was:
- paid in the 2022 calendar year
- paid for any of your qualifying principal residences in 2022
- equal to at least 30% of your 2021 adjusted family net income
The applicant must be alive on the day on which their application for the one-time top-up to the Canada Housing Benefit is made.
To apply for this new federal one-time payment, you do not need to receive other housing benefits such as the Canada Housing Benefit, which is co-funded and delivered by the provinces and territories.