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:
- short-term rental
- a home with a friend, family member or host family
This will give you time to settle in and learn more about Canada. Make sure you
- connect with your local settlement services provider organization
- They can give you information on where to look for housing and how to access housing services and support.
- apply for financial assistance
- You can use this to help get longer-term housing.
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
- public transit
- grocery stores
- shopping centres
- parks and playgrounds
- community centres
- places of worship
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:
- Renting Your First Home in Canada: What Newcomers Need to Know (PDF, 1.45 MB)
- Signing a Lease
- How to Find and Rent a Home if You Have a Large Family (PDF, 299 KB)
- Provincial and territorial fact sheets
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
- make sure you understand it
- check to see what your rights are as a tenant in your province or territory
- confirm if you need a rental deposit and how much it is
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