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Rent Supplement

The Rent Supplement Program assists low income tenants renting in the private market.  The rent subsidy from Westwinds Communities helps clients with their housing costs.  

Westwinds Communities administers the Government of Alberta Rent Supplement Program for the geographical region south of Calgary to Claresholm, west to Bragg Creek and east to the County of Vulcan.

In this program, Applicants must meet pre-qualification criteria, based on the Alberta Social Housing Regulation,  in order to qualify for the program.  The amount of assistance is based on the difference between the tenant's qualified rent and 30% of their gross income, to a maximum subsidy of $600. This amount is then fixed for one year. Eligibility for continued assistance, which is subject to ongoing funding, is reviewed every year.

To qualify applicants must be:

• Canadian Citizens, independent landed immigrants, or government sponsored landed immigrants. 
• Assets and belongings cannot exceed $25,000. 
• Total gross household income cannot be more than the income limits are based on community and on the number of bedrooms you are eligible for housing.
• Meet the minimum point score requirement established by Westwinds Communities.
• Applicants must provide verification of current household income and rent (including copies of rent receipts, cancelled rent cheques, lease agreement and utility bills).

This program is open to people who are renting a legal suite (e.g. apartment, townhouse, house).

Landlord Tenant Relationship

Tenants sign a lease agreement with the private landlord. Under the agreement, they follow the rules and regulations established by the landlord.  Any questions about damage deposit, rent payments, upkeep of the residential premises, emergencies after hours, problems with neighbours, moving out, pets, etc., should be directed to the private landlord.  Tenants must make their rent payments to the private landlord.

Taxable Benefit

The Direct Rent Supplement is a taxable benefit. Westwinds Communities issues tax receipts to the tenants at the end of the year.  The supplement may affect other benefits the tenants receive. They should check with their benefit provider.

Waiting List

Qualified applicants are placed on a waiting list. The waiting list is based on priority, those with the greatest need are offered the next available subsidy.

View our Appication For Rent Supplement

Applications & Forms

Intent to Rent Form

Frequently Asked Questions

View our frequently asked questions on our rent supplement by clicking below:

Rent Supplement FAQ's


Residents throughout the Foothills region of Southern Alberta rely on Westwinds Communities to provide housing and supportive services for seniors, and housing options for individuals and families needing subsidized and affordable housing and services.  

Over the past fifty-five years, more than 12,000 households have benefited from our programs and services. As a leader in quality public housing, we strive to offer affordable housing choices in urban and rural communities while creating homes that maintain personal independence and keep people engaged and contributing to their communities. 

Information To Know

  Property Number of Suites
  Medicine Tree Manor 100
  Sandstone Lodge 46
  High Country Lodge 41
  Soderberg House 20
  Spitzee House 30
  Glenmead I,II & III 40
  Valley Villa 4
  Sheep River House 24




Frequently Asked Questions

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