We have had a number of calls about how one can go about applying for the Canada Housing Benefit.

Canadians must meet all the following conditions to be eligible for the new benefit:

  • have filed a 2021 tax return;
  • be at least 15 years of age as of December 1, 2022;
  • be a resident in Canada in 2022 for tax purposes;
  • have an adjusted family net income of $20,000 or less for individuals, or $35,000 or less for families;
  • have paid at least 30% of their 2021 adjusted family net income on rent for their principal residence in the 2022 calendar year; and
  • be able to provide their 2022 address(es) and landlord’s contact information

The last day you can apply is Friday, March 31, 2023

How to Apply for the Canada Housing Benefit

With the online application form: 6 to 11 business days average payment processing timeIf you are unable to sign in to or register for a CRA My Account or My Service Canada Account, you may still be able to apply online: apply through the online application form
By phone: 1-800-282-8079
7 to 12 business days average payment processing time

When to expect your payment

Direct deposit: Direct deposit takes up to 5 business days if you have it set up with the CRA.
By mail: A mailed cheque should arrive in about 10 business days.

For more information about this one time payment go to: How to apply – One-time top-up to the Canada Housing Benefit – Canada.ca