Rent Supplement Program Enhanced to Support Residents

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Yellowknife — April 23, 2020

Paulie Chinna, the Minister responsible for the Northwest Territories Housing Corporation (NWTHC) is announcing that the Transitional Rent Supplement Program (TRSP) has undergone changes to make the program more responsive and accessible to NWT residents. These changes are especially important during these challenging times due to the COVID-19 pandemic where many residents are working reduced hours or have lost their jobs. 

The TRSP provides rent supplement to residents renting in the private market. If residents have low-to-modest income and their shelter costs are unaffordable, they may be eligible for assistance under the program. 

Notable enhancements to the program include: 

  •        5-month duration to August 31, 2020
  •        No requirement to take an NWTHC financial counselling course
  •        No requirement to be arrears-free
  •        Previous participants are eligible
  •        Minimum $100 – maximum $500/month
  •        Simplified application – available on NWTHC website
  •        Phone inquiries to 1-844-698 4663 (1-844-NWT-HOME)

TRSP, which was previously going to be discontinued on March, 31, 2020 has been extended until August 31, 2020. The NWTHC and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) are working collaboratively to develop a rental support program called the Canada Housing Benefit, which is scheduled to be available in September 2020. 


“There are families that are struggling to pay their rent. They may not be working or may be working less. The Transitional Rent Supplement Program is good resource for families struggling to keep current with their rent payments. We need to continue to take steps to support vulnerable residents maintain housing stability.”
- Paulie Chinna, Minister responsible for the Northwest Territories Housing Corporation


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