The Government of Canada has announced that there will be a one time top up of the Canada Housing Benefit. See below for more information, and visit the Government of Canada’s website here: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/taxes/child-and-family-benefits/top-up-canada-housing-benefit.html

One-time top-up to the Canada Housing Benefit

The one-time top-up to the Canada Housing Benefit aims to help low-income renters with the cost of renting. You may be eligible for a tax-free one-time payment of $500 if your income and the amount that you pay on rent qualify.

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) administers this one-time payment. To apply for this new federal one-time payment, you do not need to receive other housing benefits such as the Canada Housing Benefit, which is co-funded and delivered by the provinces and territories.

Applications are open until Friday, March 31, 2023.


Who can apply

Ensure you are eligible before you apply for the one-time payment.

– 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

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

– You have filed your 2021 income tax return or statement of income AND iIf you have a spouse or common-law partner, they have filed their 2021 income tax return or statement of income

In 2021, you had an adjusted family net income of: $35,000 or less for families OR $20,000 or less for individuals

– 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

You must meet all the above criteria to be eligible for the one-time top-up to the Canada Housing Benefit.


For more information, please contact the Canada Revenue Agency. Lax Kw’alaams Band staff will not be able to assist with completing CRA applications. Contact the CRA here: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/taxes/child-and-family-benefits/top-up-canada-housing-benefit/contact.html

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