Access Housing and Rent Support
Transitional Rent Supplement Program (TRSP)
In response to residents losing income or their jobs related to the COVID-19 virus, the NWTHC has instituted actions to streamline processes for TRSP to make it more responsive and easier to access. TRSP provides rental support to residents experiencing unaffordable shelter costs. First, originally scheduled to be discontinued on March 31, the program will extend until August 31, 2020. Other beneficial changes include allowing past participants to apply, raising the minimum subsidy to $100 (maximum $500), removing the requirement to take a financial counselling course, and supporting current particpants until the end of August. The GNWT and the federal government are working together to implement a new rental support called the Canada Housing Benefit in September.
For a copy of the TRSP application form, click here.
Inquiries and application forms can be forwarded to email@example.com or 1-844-NWT-HOME (1-844-698-4663).
Regulations came into effect on April 9, 2020 to allow tenants to defer their rental payments. For more information see:
Rental Office services will only be available by phone or email. Residents who have hearings scheduled in-person will be contacted to re-schedule to a telephone conference format. If you currently have a hearing scheduled by teleconference, it will NOT change. This will be in effect until further notice.
Emergency Homeownership Repair
Homeownership programs will also be limited to repairs related to health and safety. Applications will be taken over the phone with the assistance of LHO offices.
The Northwest Territories Housing Corporation’s (NWTHC) service levels for its rental housing will be focused only repairs related to the health and safety of the unit. Tenants of these programs are permitted to delay their payments to Local Housing Organization (LHO) offices until a later date if they wish. Evictions from rental housing will not be carried out unless there is a significant matter including risk to other tenants or the NWTHC’s building. Communications for clients are continuing to be issued including posters, website postings, and through community advertising. This includes information on where residents and tenants can find out how to contact the NWTHC.
Homelessness Assistance Fund
Homelessness Assistance Fund applications will continue to be processed to ensure that residents who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless have an opportunity to access stable housing. The NWTHC will continue to collaborate closely with GNWT Departments and stakeholders to ensure matters related to homelessness receive prompt attention.
Land Lease Fee Relief
Rent relief is available to all holders of existing recreational and residential leases, on public land and applies retroactively to April 1, 2020 until March 31, 2021. This allows all leaseholders to receive the same rent relief as those who received it at the beginning of the pandemic. The rent relief does not apply to new applications received after April 1, 2020. If you have already paid rent that was due during this period and your account is in good standing, your payment will automatically be refunded. For more information, visit the Land Lease Fee's page.