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Toronto Rent Bank grants provide support to Toronto residents who are behind on their rent or need help with a rental deposit. A partnership between the City of Toronto, Neighbourhood Information Post, and Local Access Centres, Toronto Rent Bank grants ensure that low-income individuals and families are able to stay in their homes and avoid homelessness.

 

Toronto Rent Bank grants for rental arrears are up to $4,000 or three months’ rent, whichever is the lower amount.

For rental deposits, grants are based on unit size as follows:

  • $1,500, bachelor unit
  • $1,700, 1-bedroom
  • $1,900, 2-bedroom unit
  • $2,100, 3-bedroom or larger

Residents may be eligible for a rental arrears grant or rental deposit assistance if they:

  • are behind on rent
  • currently live in or are moving to Toronto
  • pay market rent for a rental unit covered by the Residential Tenancies Act
  • can provide proof of income and are not currently in receipt of social assistance such as Ontario Works (OW) or Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)*
  • are the sole applicant for their household
  • are on the lease as a lease holder or an occupant to qualify, however, if this is not the case, applicants may still apply and an intake worker can assist applicants meet this requirement
  • have a total household income that is the same as or less than the amounts listed below

 

Family Size Maximum Annual Income Maximum Monthly Income
1 $46,500.00 $3,875
2 $52,000.00 $4,333
3 $58,000.00 $4,833
4 $66,500.00 $5,542
5 $78,500.00 $6,542
6 $84,531.67 $7,044
7 $91,366.66 $7,614

 

Note: Applicants who do not have identification can still apply and an intake worker will work with them to obtain the required documents.

Applicants are not eligible for Toronto Rent Bank support if:

  • they have an RRSP balance in excess of $6,000
  • they have received Toronto Rent Bank support within the last 12 months

Applicants whose rental arrears exceed $4,000, or three months of rent, may still apply and will receive assistance from an intake worker to help negotiate a repayment plan with their landlord.

Other criteria will be considered on a case-by-case basis, in collaboration with the Toronto Rent Bank intake worker and Neighbourhood Information Post (NIP).

*Residents in receipt of social assistance should contact their Ontario Works (OW) or Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) office as they may qualify for the Housing Stabilization Fund.

Typically, applications require a minimum of five business days to process. In urgent situations, application approvals can be expedited provided the applicant has all the documentation ready.

In addition to English, Toronto Rent Bank offers services in the following languages:

  • Arabic
  • Cantonese
  • French
  • Lingala
  • Mandarin
  • Italian
  • Serbian
  • Spanish
  • Tamil
  • Tigrinya
  • Twi
Download the flyer for the Toronto Rent Bank in your language of preference:

While the Toronto Rent Bank only covers rental arrears and deposits, Toronto residents who need assistance paying utility arrears can apply to the Emergency Energy Fund (EEF) at 416-397-7368 or the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) at 416-924-2543.

For more information about resources to support low-income tenants in Toronto, call 211 or 311.

If you received a loan from the Rent Bank in 2020 or earlier, then you are required to pay it back. Please contact the Rent Bank directly to discuss your loan status and repayment.

For people facing financial hardship, loan forgiveness may be possible. Please contact the Rent Bank (Neighbourhood Information Post) directly to complete a loan forgiveness application form.