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. Information can be found by clicking on the link below:


To apply for public housing, see information below

Metropolitan Regional Housing Authority

Cobequid Housing Authority

Western Regional Housing Authority

Cape Breton Island Housing Authority

Eastern Mainland Housing Authority


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

FAQ Public Housing in Nova Scotia

Lone Parent Student Affordable Rental Housing

This program offers a limited number of subsidized rental units in privately owned apartment buildings or cooperative housing projects for low income single

Cooperative and Non-profit Housing

Cooperative and non-profit housing projects provide affordable housing for lower and moderate income families, seniors and individuals.

Rent Supplement Program

This program provides affordable rental housing to low income families, seniors and individuals.

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.