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Housing Services

What is Social Housing?

Social Housing is rent geared to income housing. It is available to all citizens living in Ontario. The amount of rent you pay is based on your total family income (gross). Your rent in social housing will not be more than 30% of your total income.

Social Housing Units are available in many neighbourhoods throughout the City of Sault Ste. Marie. They include:

  • bachelor apartments
  • one, two and three bedroom apartments
  • townhouses
  • semi detached
  • duplexes
  • single family homes

There are units designated for senior citizens and there are modified units for persons with disabilities.

Individuals and families who do not require subsidized housing and are interested in units in any of these buildings, can apply directly to each Social Housing Provider.

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Sault Ste. Marie Housing and Homelessness Plan Update

The District of Sault Ste. Marie Social Services Administration Board is responsible for administering a range of provincially legislated affordable housing, social housing and homelessness programs and services. The 10 year Housing and Homelessness Plan aims to address affordable housing and homelessness throughout the complete housing continuum; including homelessness prevention, emergency shelters, transitional housing, supportive housing and affordable rental and/or home ownership.

Sault Ste. Marie Housing and Homelessness Plan Update (PDF)

Applying for Social Housing

Anyone can apply for Social Housing however, not everyone will be eligible.  There are a number of factors that will determine if you can get subsidized housing.

Applying for Housing

Market Rent Units

Individuals and families who do not require subsidized housing must apply directly with each Housing Provider.

Getting Tenant Information

Tenants are individuals and families who are currently living in a subsidized housing unit. As tenants you have rights and responsibilities as does your Housing provider.

Tenant Information

Other Housing Information

Tender information for businesses and organizations

Private Sector Landlords can provide Rent Supplemented Units in their buildings. Information is also available for Non-Profit and Coop Housing providers.

Landlord Information


Ontario Renovates Program

Ontario Renovates Program for residents of Sault Ste. Marie, Prince Township and Sault North Unorganized Townships.

The Ontario Renovates program is made possible through the Investment in Affordable Housing (IAH) program, which is funded by the federal and provincial governments.

The Ontario Renovates Program offers financial assistance to qualifying households of low to moderate income to:

  • Repair their home to bring to acceptable standards
  • Increase accessibility of their unit through modifications and/or adaptation

Ontario Renovates has two components:

  • An urgent home repair component where eligible homeowners can receive a forgivable loan up to a maximum of $20,000, earned over a 10-year period. Eligible repairs include heating systems, roofs, windows, doors, electrical, foundations, septic systems, siding and insulation.
  • Accessibility modifications where eligible homeowners can receive a maximum grant of $3500, which include ramps, handrails, and lifts.

Applicants can download an application or visit the Housing Services office located at 180 Brock Street, between the hours of 8:30am and 4:30pm. Applicants will be placed on a waitlist on chronological order and will be phoned when they reach the top of the waitlist.

Be advised that due to the high number of applicants on this waitlist, it may be some time before you are contacted.

Ontario Renovates Application Package (PDF)