Public Housing and Other Affordable Rental Programs

Public Housing and Other Affordable Rental Programs

Housing Nova Scotia delivers a range of housing solutions to meet the needs of Nova Scotians on low or modest incomes. We currently own more than 11,560 public housing units across the province under the management of five regional housing authorities. More than 17,600 families and seniors are living in these units. In addition, approximately 1,700 low-income households live in a private market rental accommodation and supported through the rent supplement program.

A list of public housing for seniors is now available on the Province of Nova Scotia's free Data Portal. Click here for more information.

To apply for public housing, see information below

Cape Breton Island Housing Authority

Cobequid Housing Authority

Eastern Mainland Housing Authority

Metropolitan Regional Housing Authority

Western Regional Housing Authority

To learn more about the public housing program, please read the following document:

FAQ Public Housing in Nova Scotia

Cooperative and Non-profit Housing

Cooperative and non-profit housing projects provide affordable housing for lower and moderate income families, seniors and individuals. Cooperative housing is owned and managed by the residents themselves while non-profit housing projects are owned and managed by the sponsoring non-profit organization or group.

Rent Supplement Program

This program provides affordable rental housing to low income families, seniors and individuals. The units are located in both privately owned apartment buildings and cooperative/non-profit housing projects across Nova Scotia.

A rental subsidy is paid to landlords or cooperative/non-profit housing projects and is based on how much you can afford. This program is managed by the Housing Authorities.

Public Housing for Seniors

This program provides affordable rental housing to seniors (age 58 and older) with low incomes. Rent is determined by your annual income.

Public Housing for Families

This program provides affordable rental housing to families in need and offers rental rates that do not exceed 25% of a family's total gross income.