25% of funding will be targeted to create housing for women and/or women and
their children. CMHC encourages municipalities to work with Indigenous-led
organizations to target 15% of funding for urban Indigenous Peoples. In
addition to these targets, municipalities are encouraged to take a community
benefits approach and support projects for Black Canadians.
Eligible types of housing – new construction
Rapid Housing Initiative funding supports the new construction of single,
scattered units up to larger multi-unit rental projects, which can include
land acquisition. Traditional construction methods and modular housing are
accepted if the units can be delivered within the timelines that apply to the
Eligible types of housing – conversions/rehabilitations
Rapid Housing Initiative funding supports land acquisition and buildings for
the conversion of non-residential to affordable housing.
Rapid Housing Initiative funding supports land acquisition and buildings that
are in disrepair or abandoned, for the rehabilitation to affordable housing.
Rehabilitation of units is defined as units that are in disrepair and/or
abandoned and in both cases are uninhabitable or have been lost from the
Eligible property types
- standard rental
- transitional housing
- permanent supportive housing
- single room occupancy
- seniors’ housing (excludes delivery of healthcare)
Projects that have started construction prior to August 30, 2022, are not
eligible. Start of construction refers to a project that has incurred hard
costs relating to the physical construction of the building, such as pouring
of foundation for new construction (or start of off-site work for modular
construction) and start of physical conversion or rehabilitation of the
RHI funding cannot replace prior funding commitments (e.g., executed
loan/contribution agreements) that would otherwise see a project through to
completion and will not cover cost overruns.
RHI funding cannot be used to cover cost increases, overruns or any expenses
related to Round 1 or 2 of this initiative.
All projects must be:
- located in Canada
- available for year-round occupancy
- long term tenancy (3 months or more)
- residential for its primary use
for rehabilitation funding, the project must be vacant, uninhabitable and
lost from the housing stock
All projects must have a minimum:
of 5 units or beds* (units and beds are interchangeable and are based on
- contribution request of $1 million*
*Flexibilities are supported for projects in Indigenous communities, the
North, rural, remote or special access communities.
Accessibility and energy efficiency requirements
New construction projects through the Cities Stream must exceed local
accessibility requirements in their jurisdiction by at least 5%.
New construction projects through the Cities Stream must meet the energy
efficiency standards set out in the National Energy Code for Buildings or
National Building Code, as it applies below:
Part 3 of the 2017 National Energy Code for Buildings for buildings larger
than 600m2 in total area or greater than 3 stories.
Part 9 of the 2015 National Building Code for buildings less than 600m2
in total area and 3 stories or less.
All units must:
provide a minimum depth of affordability (tenants pay no more than 30% of
their before-tax income on housing costs or the equivalent of the shelter
component of any provincial or territorial income assistance)
- remain affordable for a minimum of 20 years
Target population requirements
All units must be dedicated to people and populations that are vulnerable, and
in severe housing need including:
- Women and children fleeing violence
- Young adults
- Indigenous peoples
- People with disabilities
- People dealing with mental health and addiction issues
- Racialized groups, including Black Canadians
- Recent immigrants, especially refugees
- People experiencing or at risk of homelessness
Recipients are expected to deliver completed units within 18 months (within 24
months in the North).