Preservation Funding helps community housing providers prepare for modernization and transition to more viable and sustainable models. It also gives community housing providers time to prepare for a new rental support program. (This will be developed under Phase II of the Federal Community Housing Initiative in April 2020.)

Preservation Funding is open to:

  • non-profit organizations
  • rental co-operatives
  • urban Indigenous groups

The maximum funding amount per project is determined through a scoring and prioritization process. Each funding commitment offers a 6 month period to complete and advance all activities.

For more details, see the information below and the Product Highlight Sheet (PDF).


Minimum requirements

  • You hold an active federally administered operating agreement.
  • You comply with the terms of the operating agreement (not in breach).

If your federally administered operating agreement has ended, you may still be eligible for funding. Please see the “Preservation Stream” under Seed Funding.

Eligible activities

Funding may be provided to support costs that help preserve community housing.

Activities may include:

  • a Building Condition Audit/Assessment
  • capital replacement reserve planning
  • an operating viability analysis

For a complete list of eligible activities, see the Product Highlight Sheet (PDF).


We accept applications on a continuous basis, and we review and prioritize them every 30 days. Once this process is complete, you will be informed whether your application was approved or declined.

Prioritization and scoring

Applications are prioritized and scored on the application content and on how well the proposed project supports the following focus areas:

  • housing for those in greatest need (vulnerable Canadians)
  • housing for those in the North (Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut)
  • partnerships and collaborations
  • social sustainability
  • economic sustainability
  • environmental sustainability


The following resources are available to help you prepare your application:


To apply, download and complete the Preservation Funding Application Form (PDF).

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For additional assistance, please contact the Affordable Housing Specialist for your region.

Please submit your completed application to

You will need to download the Preservation Funding Application – Document Requirements (PDF) to help prepare your application.

Note: All fields in the application are mandatory.


For help completing your application, please contact the Affordable Housing Specialist for your region.

For general inquiries or technical support, call 1-800-668-2642 (7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. ET) or email

Date Published: September 4, 2018