Canada-Nova Scotia Targeted Housing Benefit

Canada-Nova Scotia Targeted Housing Benefit


Please Note: Incomplete applications (missing information or documents, such as proof of income etc.) will be returned to the applicant unprocessed.

The Canada-Nova Scotia Targeted Housing Benefit (CNSTHB) provides funding directly to people in need so they can choose their own housing and pay a portion of their housing costs. Homeowners can receive support to stay in their own homes and renters have the ability to take the benefit with them if they move to another apartment in the province. 

Jointly funded by the Government of Nova Scotia and the Canada Mortgage Housing Corporation (CMHC) under the National Housing Strategy (NHS), the CNSTHB is delivered by Housing Nova Scotia. Over 8 years, the Government of Canada and the Province of Nova Scotia will invest $120 million to provide direct support to 6,000 individuals and families for their housing costs. The program is aimed at people experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness, those in core housing need, seniors, single individuals under the age of 58 with no dependent, and homeowners in severe housing need.

Funding for the CNSTHB is available to:

  1. Renters who pay more than 30% of their pre-tax household income on rent; and

  2. Homeowners who pay more than 50% of their pre-tax household income on their housing costs.

How much is the monthly allowance?

The benefit for renters varies based on household size and income, and the local average market rents. Homeowners can receive up to $200 per month.

Who can qualify?

To be eligible for a portable monthly housing allowance under the CNSTHB, you must:

  • Be a resident of Nova Scotia with status in Canada
  • Be in core or severe housing need*
  • You must not already be living in public housing, be on the housing authority’s waitlist, or in receipt of another housing benefit.
  • Have an annual pre-tax household income that falls below the current Household Income Limits for your eligible unit size in your area.

If you study full time in a recognized post-secondary institution, you may be eligible for this benefit if you have dependents, if you have a physical disability, and/or in need of an accessible rental unit.

*Core housing need refers to a household spending more than 30% of its gross household income on shelter costs. Severe housing need refers to a household spending more than 50% of its gross household income on shelter costs.

In addition to the eligibility requirements above, to be eligible for the homeowners benefit, you must:

  • Own or have a life interest in your own home, which is assessed for property tax purposes at no more than:
  • $300,000 within the Halifax Regional Municipality
  • $200,000 in other regions of Nova Scotia
  • Live in your home permanently.

Please note that other conditions may apply. See applicant guide for more details.

How do I apply?

  1. Review the Applicant Guide to determine if you may qualify
  2. Fill out the application form
  3. Attach any required documents:
  4. Submit your competed application to Housing Nova Scotia:


- Fill out the fillable application form
- Attach supporting documents
- Email package to:


Send your application form and supporting documents to:

Housing Nova Scotia
ATTN: Housing Benefit Unit
P.O. Box 702, Stn. Central
Halifax, NS B3J 2T3


Review Process

  1. As soon as we receive your application, our team will review the form and ensure the form is complete - ensure the information you provided is accurate, and that all required documents are included.
  2. Our team will contact you if any information is missing.

  3. A caseworker in your region will then review your information to determine your eligibility.

  4. You will receive a notice of a final decision by email or regular mail.

The review process may take some time based on volume of applications. However, we strive to make a final decision as quickly as possible. If you are at risk of losing your house or apartment due to financial hardship, please let us know about your situation when you submit your application.

Important Documents

Renter Benefit

Homeowner Benefit

Authorization for Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) Form (download)


For more information about the Canada-Nova Scotia Targeted Housing Benefit, contact us:

Payment Dates 2022

You will receive your Rent Supplement funding by direct deposit on the following dates. If you receive your Rent Supplement funding by cheque mailed to you, it may take longer to arrive.
Direct deposits will be made on these dates.