Modifying existing homes to add secondary or garden suites is a great way to create more on-reserve affordable housing. Our Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program (RRAP) — Secondary/Garden Suite On-Reserve provides the financial support needed to create these suites in your community.

Who is eligible for financial support?

This program is open to all First Nations or individual First Nation members. Specifically, it applies to those who own a family home that could be converted to accommodate a self-contained rental unit. The following criteria apply:

  • The existing home must meet all applicable zoning and building requirements.
  • The suite’s tenants must have a household income within or below an established range, based on household size and region.
  • The new unit must be for a senior or an adult person with a disability.

What type of work is covered by this program?

Financial support is available for all kinds of work that go into creating a self-contained secondary or garden suite. For example, you may wish to create or upgrade common areas shared by the new and existing unit. If so, the costs will be prorated between the 2 units. Additional financial support may be provided to help cover the share of the costs related to the existing unit.

Important: Have you done any of this work before getting your application approved in writing? If so, that work won’t be eligible for funding under this program.

How much financial support is available?

We will provide up to $60,000 for each secondary or garden suite. If your property is located on-reserve in northern or remote areas, the maximum amount may be increased by 25%. This is a forgivable loan, meaning it doesn't have to be repaid if you meet all the terms and conditions.

Additional support may be available through our program that covers the costs of home adaptation for people with disabilities.

For more information about this program, please contact your First Nation Housing Specialist.

Date Published: March 31, 2018