Amendment to Ontario Regulation 370/11 under the Housing Services Act, 2011 (HSA)
Ontario Regulation 370/11
Regulation - Minister
Bill or Act:
Housing Services Act, 2011
Summary of Decision:
Ontario Regulation 370/11 under the Housing Services Act, 2011 was amended to update the Household Income Limits (HILs) and High Need Income Limits (HNILs). The updated HILs and HNILs are based on information provided by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) as required under the Social Housing Agreement, 1999.
The new limits came into effect on January 1, 2021.
Analysis of Regulatory Impact:
Summary of Proposal:
Household Income Limits (HILs) represent the minimum annual income required for a household to afford appropriate accommodation without spending more than 30% of income on shelter. Using the HILs, High Need Income Limits (HNILs) are calculated to identify households with the deepest need for rent-geared-to-income (RGI) assistance. HNILs are equal to 60% of HILs and include households who would need to pay 50% or more of their income to afford median market rent.
HILs are used by Service Managers to determine household eligibility for various programs and forms of housing assistance, and the HILs and HNILs are tied to Service Manager service level standard requirements.
The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) determines HILs in accordance with rules set out under the Social Housing Agreement, 1999. HILs are determined by CMHC using median market rents derived from its Rental Market Survey and updated utility factors. The method for calculating HILs is consistent across the country.
Ontario Regulation 370/11 under the Housing Services Act, 2011 was amended to update the HILs and HNILs based on the most recent information determined by CMHC.
Community Housing Policy Branch
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
777 Bay Street - 14th Floor
January 1, 2021