Public Housing

Public Housing refers to public programs which provide income-based subsidies for the rental of housing for residents in need. The Northwest Territories Housing Corporation (NWTHC) provides financial, administrative, maintenance, construction and repair support to community partners so they can deliver Public Housing on behalf of the NWTHC. The NWTHC has signed Partnership Agreements with Local Housing Organizations (LHOs) to manage the Public Housing portfolio. The Partnership Agreements between LHOs and the NWTHC cover the areas of financial administration, tenant relations and operations and maintenance of Public Housing in the NWT. Currently the NWTHC operates more than 2400 Public Housing units which are managed by LHOs located in 30 communities throughout the NWT.

Public Housing Rent Scale

The NWTHC rent scale, introduced on July 1, 2012, is based on making rents simpler, more predictable, increased fairness, and supporting self-reliance. The rent scale is designed to help improve the cost of living in NWT communities, lessen dependency on government programs while encouraging self-reliance and personal responsibility, and addressing the disincentive to work.

Some of the key elements of the scale include:

  • Rent is based on the household’s gross income.
  • Seniors receive up to a $1,000 per month deduction from their income.
  • No household pays less than $70 per month or more than $1,625 in rent.
  • For people at the minimum rent, rent is about 4% of their income which is much lower than the 30% affordability standard. The maximum rent is about 19.5% of income.
  • The rent scale reduces variability in rent as small changes in income due to short-term employment, per diems, or other short-term payments may not result in a change in rent.
  • The rent scale increases consistency between communities as rent is the same at various income levels in communities with similar cost of living.

The Public Housing Rent Scale by Gross Monthly Household Income

Monthly Income
Monthly Rent
Zone A Zone B Zone C
< $1,667 $80 $75 $70
$1,667 - $2,499 $160 $150 $140
$2,500 - $3,749 $365 $345 $325
$3,750 - $4,999 $610 $580 $555
$5,000 - $6,674 $890 $845 $790
$6,675 - $8,333 $1,295 $1,230 $1,155
$8,334 or More $1,625 $1,545 $1,445

Zone A Communities: Yellowknife, Hay River, Fort Smith, Inuvik, Norman Wells, and Fort Simpson.

Zone B Communities: Detah/N’dilo, Hay River Reserve, Enterprise, Behchoko, Fort Liard, Fort Providence, Kakisa, Jean Marie River, Nahanni Butte, Fort Resolution, Gameti, Whati, Trout Lake, Wekweeti, and Wrigley.

Zone C Communities: Fort McPherson, Tsiigehtchic, Tulita, Lutselk'e, Aklavik, Tuktoyaktuk, Deline, Fort Good Hope, Paulatuk, Sachs Harbour, Ulukhaktok, and Colville Lake.

To find out more about the Public Housing program and to find out if you are eligible to apply, please contact your Local Housing Organization.