Social Housing is a division of the Social and Housing Services Department which delivers programs and services to residents of both the City of Cornwall and the United Counties of SDG. Social Housing helps people who are in need. 

Further information can also be located through the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

The Social Housing Division administers or oversees the following services:

 Social Housing (RGI) Program

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

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.

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 Rent Supplement Program

A Rent Supplement is a nominal subsidy paid to the landlord on behalf of a household in need of rental assistance.

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 Ontario Renovates Program

Is a popular home improvement program that assists low and moderate income families and seniors in Cornwall and the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry. 

Through Ontario Renovates, eligible homeowners can receive funding for urgent home repairs as well as modifications to make their homes more accessible.

The property must be located within the City of Cornwall or the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry. Funding is not available for work that is already started.

Other eligibility criteria include but are not limited to:

  • Maximum household income limits
  • Maximum house values

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 Domiciliary Program

The Housing Access Centre works closely with a number of privately operated, permanent residences for people who require assistance with their activities of daily living.

Financial assistance may be available for eligible individuals who have a need for Domiciliary Care but are not able to cover the costs.  It is intended to ‘top-up’ the income of residents.

There are 3 primary factors in determining and approving eligibility for subsidy for placement in a Domiciliary Hostel:

  • Medical Need
  • Financial Need
  • Appropriateness of placement

There are established agreements with numerous domiciliary hostels within the City of Cornwall and the United Counties of S.D.&G.

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 Homelessness Prevention (CHPI) Program

Through the Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative, financial assistance may be available to eligible individuals, to assist with the cost of expenses to help maintain a permanent residence, rather than face eviction and homelessness.

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 Ten Year Housing Plan 

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Background Information

In 2014, the City of Cornwall created a ten-year plan to address issues of housing and homelessness in the City of Cornwall and the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry (Cornwall SDG). The 10‐year plan documented who lives in the service area as well as the housing and homelessness challenges they face. It also looked at solutions to address these challenges, identifying what actions made the most sense given the priority needs, and set out 10 key strategies to address housing and homelessness issues. Each year, the City provides a formal status update on actions undertaken in support of the plan. These updates and the 10-year plan can be viewed on Cornwall’s website by clicking here.

The City is undertaking a review of the original 10-year plan at its halfway point to determine how effectively the plan is responding to the housing and homelessness needs of the community. As part of this review process, the City is seeking feedback from housing stakeholders and the broader community. The purpose of this survey is to gather information that will help evaluate the direction of plan and improve outcomes for people experiencing challenges related to homelessness or affordable housing.

We appreciate you taking the time to complete this brief survey because the information you provide will help ensure the plan is meeting its objectives.

All information gathered will be considered confidential, will only be used to inform the plan review process and will not be shared with any other person, group or organization.

Thank you for taking the time to provide your input!



The City of Cornwall’s Social Housing Division has developed a Ten Year Housing Plan for the City of Cornwall and the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry.  This local Plan is a high level strategic Olan focused on the whole spectrum of housing in our service area that responds to local circumstance and to those specific needs with innovative community-based solutions.

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Homeless enumeration is a count of the minimum number of people who are experiencing homelessness in a community over a specific period of time. Enumeration involves gathering information about the demographic characteristics, circumstances, and needs of those experiencing homelessness in our communities.

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