Welcome to Canada: Finding a place to live

Finding a place to live is an important step toward feeling safe and happy. This is why housing services and support is being offered by

  • local, provincial, territorial and federal governments
  • settlement services agencies
  • community organizations
  • Canada’s Ukrainian communities
  • individual Canadians

Temporary housing when you first arrive

When you first arrive in Canada, you’ll likely stay in one of the following if you don’t already have a place to stay:

This will give you time to settle in and learn more about Canada. Make sure you

Finding longer-term housing

The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) can also help you learn about housing for newcomers in Canada.

Learn about the area you want to live in

When you know where you want to live, you’ll want to think about other things like

All of these are important when deciding where to live in a specific city or town. For example, smaller cities and towns may not have much or any public transit, so living near a grocery store or school can make a big difference in your quality of life.

Renting an apartment or house

In Canada, almost one third of families rent their homes. Most rentals are posted online.

Before you sign any rental agreements, you should learn about renting:

If you find a place you like and your rental application is approved, you and your landlord will sign a lease. Before you sign the lease

Get help in different provinces and territories

Learn more about how to get different kinds of help in

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