Social Housing is rental housing developed with the assistance of government and subsidized by government. It is available for people with low to moderate incomes, seniors, or people with special needs who can live, with supports, in the community.

As Service Manager the Social Housing Division is accountable for the administration of 11 publicly-funded Housing Providers. The day to day management of these projects however, remains with the individual Providers and their respective Boards.

Subsidies are based on the tenants' ability to pay, with rents calculated at approximately 30% of gross monthly household income up to market rent.  This is known as Rent Geared To Income.

The Division also administers Social Housing Centralized Waitlist.  If you are eligible, you will be placed on the waitlist.  Most people need to find their own rental housing in the private market while they are on the wait list as it can be a long wait.

 Do I qualify?
  • At least one member of the household must be 16 years of age or older and able to live independently.
  • Each household member must be a Canadian Citizen; or have made an application for status as permanent resident; or a claim for refugee protection; and must not have an enforceable removal order under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada).
  • Arrears to any Social Housing Provider must be paid in full or there must be an active repayment agreement plan in place and in good standing. 
  • No household member will have been convicted of an offence related to rent geared-to-income assistance.
  • No household member will have been found by a court of law or the Landlord and Tenant Board to have misrepresented their income for the purpose of rent geared-to-income assistance.
  • No household will have assets that exceed $50,000 for a single person or $75,000 for a household of two or more people.
  • No household will have income that exceeds the Household Income Limits. 

Household Income Limit:

  • 1 bedroom: $33,000
  • 2 bedrooms: $39,500
  • 3 bedrooms: $43,500
  • 4 bedrooms: $59,500
  • Income limits are updated periodically in accordance with changes to the household income limits set out in Schedule 2 of Ontario Regulation 370/11 and the average market rents for the City of Cornwall and the Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry.
 How can I apply?

Applicants must fill out an application form and provide ALL the necessary documents. 

  • All sections of the application must be completed and submitted with the required documents.
  • Please read and make sure the Consent, Release and Declaration form is understood before signing the application form.  The application form must be signed by all applicants 16 years of age and older and all other non-dependent members of the household, or a person authorized to sign on behalf of the member if applicable.  
  • Applicant(s) will receive written confirmation that the application has been processed with a list of approved buildings.

Social Housing Application Form

The Registry - Housing Access Centre
340 Pitt Street, 3rd Floor
Cornwall, ON K6J 3P9
Phone: 613-933-6282 x 3315
Fax: 613-938-9734

 Social Housing Local Rules

Notice: Regulatory Changes - Waitlist

In accordance with the new regulatory changes, a household will now only be allotted one (1) refusal of an offer before becoming ineligible for the waiting list and/or rent geared to income (RGI) subsidy.

NOTE: this rule is effective:

January 1st, 2020

  • for all applicants added to the waitlist or an internal transfer list after this date. 

January 1st, 2021 (or sooner)

  • for anyone that was already on the waitlist or an internal transfer prior to January 1st, 2020.  The new rule applies to these individuals when one of the following occurs (whichever occurs first):
  1. at annual update
  2. after their next refusal
  3. or when the client makes changes in year

For more information on this regulatory change please refer to Local Rule #14-2015 Refusals of Offer or you can visit the Province of Ontario's website.

Click on any of the links below to access the appropriate Local Rule:

Check out the maps of housing locations:

 Single/Family Units in Cornwall

Cornwall locations managed by Housing Services:

Cornwall locations managed by Logement Marguerite d'Youville Inc.:

Cornwall locations managed by Royal Oaks Housing Cooperative Inc.:

Single/Family Units in Stormont, Dundas, and Glengarry

Housing Services

The Alexandria Non-Profit Housing Corporation

 Seniors Units in Stormont, Dundas, and Glengarry

Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph Housing Corporation

Housing Services

Winchester Non-Profit Residence Corporation

J.W. MacIntosh Community Support Services

Finch & District Senior Housing Corporation

Township of Roxborough Non-Profit Housing Corporation

The Alexandria Non-Profit Housing Corporation

Lancaster & District Non-Profit Housing Corporation

 Seniors Units in Cornwall

Beek Lindsay Seniors Residences Cornwall Inc.

Housing Services

Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph Housing Corporation

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Housing Access Centre
340 Pitt Street - 3rd Floor
Cornwall, Ontario
K6J 3P9
Phone: 613-937-7512 x0
Fax: 613-938-9734
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