Housing allowance

The housing allowance program is intended for owners, tenants, lodgers or anyone who shares accommodation with other occupants.

It provides additional financial assistance to low-income households who devote too much of their income to paying for their housing. Financial assistance can reach $80 per month.

Funding for this program is shared between the Société d’habitation du Québec and the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation


You are eligible for the program if:

  • you are a single person aged 50 or over
  • you are part of a couple in which one person is aged 50 or over
  • you are from a low-income family with at least one dependent child.

You are not eligible for the program if:

  • you live in an HLM or a state-funded health and social services establishment
  • you benefit from the Rent Supplement or another direct housing subsidy
  • you have property or cash worth more than $50,000 (excluding the value of your home, land, furniture and car).

Help offered

Housing allowance is calculated annually and paid monthly by check or direct deposit. It may be granted as of the month following the filing of the application with Revenu Québec.

The amount allocated per month takes into account:

  • the number of people in your household
  • household type
  • of your income
  • of your monthly rent.
To benefit from the program

The Société d’habitation du Québec has entrusted the administration of the program to Revenu Québec. To verify your eligibility for the program or, if applicable, to obtain the program registration form, please contact Revenu Québec