The Affordable Rental Housing Administration Manual provides an overview and requirements for the administration of affordable rental housing and is intended to be a resource for landlords, housing providers and property managers.

This manual covers the following administrative areas:

  • Understanding the roles and responsibilities to administer affordable rental housing projects
  • Marketing available units
  • Verifying household income and eligibility
  • Selecting tenants
  • Fulfilling leasing and reporting requirements

There may be site specific requirements such as support service plan requirements or capital reserve contributions for individual housing projects that are not included in this manual. For program and site-specific requirements, housing providers must refer to the project’s agreement with the City (referred to in this manual as the project’s “Contribution Agreement”), as well as applicable legislation and regulations, or may contact their assigned Housing Consultant. The manual was last updated on November 18, 2022.

City’s Definition of Affordable Housing

Through the City’s Official Plan and the Municipal Housing Facility By-law, the City defines affordable rental housing units as housing where the total monthly shelter cost (gross monthly rent, including heat, hydro and hot water, excluding parking and internet/cable charges) is at or below Toronto’s average market rent (AMR) by unit type, as reported each year by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).

Under the terms of a municipal housing project facility agreement (the “Contribution Agreement”), housing providers receive financial contributions from the City including, capital funding and fees relief, that improve the financial viability of the affordable rental housing units.