The Canada-Ontario Housing Benefit (COHB) is a new funding program that will provide eligible households with a Portable Housing Benefit (PHB) to assist with rental costs.

This benefit will be paid directly to the household and is fully portable. Unlike other forms of housing assistance, it can be used to help pay rent anywhere in Ontario.

The COHB-PHB pays the difference between 30 per cent of the household’s income and the average market rent in the area. For recipients of social assistance the COHB-PHB will pay the difference between the shelter allowance and the household’s rent and utilities costs.

The program will be administered by the Province of Ontario and the benefit amount will be reviewed every year.

COHB-PHB, applicants must reside permanently in Ontario and be on, or eligible to be on, the Centralized Waiting List for social housing.

Priority will be given to the following groups:

  • Households on the Centralized Wait List with the oldest application dates
  • Survivors and families of domestic and gender based violence and human trafficking
  • Indigenous persons
  • Persons with disabilities requiring modified units

If you receive a COHB-PHB, you must agree to be removed from the Centralized Waiting List as required by Provincial program guidelines.

The application process is not open to the public.

The City of Toronto and our Community Partners will be contacting applicants about the COHB-PHB based on the availability of benefits and the following priorities:

  • Households on the Centralized Wait List with the oldest application dates
  • Survivors and families of domestic and gender based violence and human trafficking
  • Indigenous persons
  • Persons with disabilities requiring modified units

Benefit recipients must agree to be removed from the Centralized Waiting List.

Once an application has received initial approval from the City of Toronto, it will be submitted to the Province for final determination on eligibility and the benefit amount.

After 60 days, recipients of COHB-PHB will be removed from the Centralized Waiting List.

Recipients must:

  • File an income tax return by April 30 each year
  • Submit your annual review form within 30 days of the deadline