How long will I have to wait?
How will I be contacted for an offer?
How many offers can I get?
What if I owe money to a social housing provider?
How much will my rent be?
I am a market rent tenant with a social housing provider. I have recently had a drop in income, can I receive a subsidy for my current unit?
Does The Registry provide emergency shelters?
How do I apply for a market rent unit?
How do I apply to a different municipality?
When you apply, you can choose one, some or all housing providers that you qualify for. The length of time depends on how flexible you are about where you want to live and the type of housing you want.
The time on the waiting list varies but can be 5 years or more.
After you have filled in your application, you will be placed on the waiting lists of the providers you have chosen. When these providers have a vacancy in one of their communities, they will look at their waiting list and contact the household that has the earliest date of application.
Some households may qualify for a priority that may allow them to be housed sooner.
You will be contacted by telephone, email and/or mail so it is very important that you make sure that we have a current phone number, email and mailing address on your file.
You are entitled to 1 offer of rent-geared-to-income housing.
If you accept an offer of housing with any of the participating rent-geared-to-income housing providers, your file will be closed. If you then wish to move to another community, you will have to reapply with a new application date.
If you refuse your offer of rent-geared-to-income housing, your file will be cancelled. If you are still interested in rent-geared-to-income housing, you will have to reapply with a new application date.
You cannot be placed on the centralized waiting list if you, or anyone in your household owes arrears to a social housing provider. If you, or anyone in your household does owe arrears, you must make arrangements with the housing provider to pay. You must follow through on the payment arrangement.
Your application for rent-geared-to-income housing with The Registry will only be processed once we receive confirmation that the arrears have been paid or that a repayment agreement is in place and is being followed.
If you have applied for rent-geared-to-income housing, your rent will be approximately 30% of the household’s combined gross monthly income.
Depending on circumstances, there may be additional costs such as utilities and parking.
You may qualify for an in-situ priority if your household meets the following criteria:
- moved into your current unit as a market rent tenant and have continued to pay market rent since moving in,
- you have lived with your social housing provider for at least one year,
- you have had, by no fault of your own, a recent significant drop in household income ,
- you are asking for a subsidy for your current unit (you must meet the local occupancy standards for your unit)
Please contact your social housing provider to discuss your situation. All participating housing providers will have the forms necessary for you to complete if you qualify.
No, but staff at The Registry can provide information on emergency shelters located in the Ottawa area. You may also contact the City of Ottawa for more information.
If you are interested in applying for a market rent unit, please contact the housing provider directly. The Registry does not maintain a waiting list for these units. You can access contact information for housing providers in the Ottawa area through the Community Information Centre.
How do I apply to a different municipality?If you are interested in applying to another municipality in Ontario, please contact the coordinated access group in that area. They will be able to provide you with information on the social housing available in their community. A list of these groups is available through the Ontario Non Profit Housing Association.