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$500 one-time top-up to the Canada Housing Benefit



There is a $500 one-time top-up to the Canada Housing Benefit to provide relief to eligible renters. The one-time top-up to the Canada Housing Benefit provides eligible applicants with a $500 one-time payment to help with their housing costs. To be eligible, applicants must have an adjusted net income in 2021 of $35,000 or less for families, or $20,000 or less for individuals, and pay at least 30% of their adjusted family net income towards rent in the 2022 calendar year. Please note that applications are open until Friday, March 31, 2023, 11:59 PM ET.


Tenants/renters of the public housing agency (for example, Toronto Community Housing Corporation) are applicable/eligible for this one-time payment as long as they meet the eligibility criteria below:

Eligibility criteria

  • You were born on or before December 1, 2007 (at least 15 years old on December 1, 2022)

  • Your principal residence was in Canada on December 1, 2022

  • What is a principal residence

  • You were a resident of Canada in 2022 for tax purposes

  • Determine if you were a resident of Canada for tax purposes

  • You have filed your 2021 income tax return or statement of income

  • If you have a spouse or common-law partner, they have filed their 2021 income tax return or statement of income

  • If you didn't yet file a 2021 tax return or statement of income

In 2021, you had an adjusted family net income of:

  • $35,000 or less for families

  • $20,000 or less for individuals

  • What is a family or individual

The 2022 eligible rent that you paid was:

  • paid in the 2022 calendar year

  • paid for any of your qualifying principal residences in 2022

  • equal to at least 30% of your 2021 adjusted family net income

  • Find out what you can include as eligible rent.

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) administers this one-time payment. To apply for this new federal one-time payment, an applicant does not need to receive other housing benefits such as the Canada Housing Benefit, which is co-funded and delivered by the provinces and territories.Please note that applications are open until Friday, March 31, 2023, 11:59 PM ET. To apply, applicants can apply by online or call CRA at 1-800-282-8079.For more information, please visit the website HERE.





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