The one-time top-up to the Canada Housing Benefit aims to help
lower-income renters who are struggling with the cost of rent.
Who can apply
You may be eligible for a one-time payment of $500 if:
• you have filed a 2021 tax return
• you are at least 15 years of age on December 1, 2022
• you have an adjusted family net income of $20,000
or less (individuals) or $35,000 or less (families)
• you are a resident of Canada for tax purposes in 2022
• your principal residence is located in Canada
• you paid rent for your own principal residence in Canada in 2022
• you paid at least 30% of your 2021 adjusted family net income
on rent in 2022
How to apply
Apply through CRA My Account. To get your payment faster,
register for direct deposit in CRA My Account.
An online web form is available if you are unable to sign in to
or register for a CRA My Account. Applicants who are unable
to apply online can call the CRA at 1-800-282-8079.
Applications close on March 31, 2023.
Get ready to apply
To speed up the process:
1. Sign up for a secure CRA My Account and direct deposit.
2. File your 2021 income tax return (including your spouse
or common-law partner’s income tax return).
3. Update your address, marital status, and banking information.
Impact to other benefits
The one-time top-up to the Canada Housing Benefit does not
impact other federal benefits, like the Canada Workers Benefit,
the Canada Child Benefit, the Goods and Services Tax Credit,
and the Guaranteed Income Supplement.
This new federal one-time payment operates separately from
the monthly Canada Housing Benefit which is co-funded and
delivered by the provinces and territories.
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