Subsidized Housing

If you need subsidized housing

In the city of Ottawa, all subsidized housing is provided through the Social Housing Registry of Ottawa (the Registry) waiting list. Just over half of CCOC tenants receive a rent subsidy. However, subsidies aren’t available for the apartments you see in the vacancy listings on our website. These vacancies are for market rent apartments which are available to the general public.

The Registry is a non-profit organization that maintains the central waiting list for people applying for subsidized housing in Ottawa. The Registry keeps the list according to rules set out by the Province of Ontario in the Housing Services Act, 2011.

Applying to the Social Housing Registry of Ottawa

When you apply for housing through the Registry, you are applying for subsidized housing. You can learn more about the eligibility requirements and application process on the Registry website. You will be contacted by telephone and/or mail when there is a home available for you, so it is very important to make sure the Registry has a current phone number and address on your file.

Applying for subsidized CCOC apartments

When you apply for housing through the Registry you’re able to check off the housing providers and properties you’re interested in renting from. Subsidized CCOC units are listed on the application form. After you have filled in your Registry application, you will be placed on the waiting list. When CCOC has a vacancy in one of our subsidized units, we refer to the Registry’s waiting list to fill it. This is the only way to obtain subsidized housing from CCOC.

If you are filling out a Registry application and would like more information about CCOC’s buildings, you can visit our properties listing.

For more information about subsidized housing in Ottawa, please visit the Registry’s website or call (613) 526-2088.

Regulations for rent subsidies

If you already have a rent subsidy, you may have questions about accessing a subsidy, why you need to file your income tax, or how rent calculations are done. Click here for more information.