COVID-19 Supports for Renters and Landlords

To support Islanders as we prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Province of Prince Edward Island is introducing a new temporary rental supplement and suspending evictions for Prince Edward Island Housing Corporation.

Temporary Rental Assistance Benefit

The Temporary Rental Assistance Benefit will provide $1,000 per household to help cover the cost of rent for a three month period. Eligible Islanders will receive $500 in the first month and $250 the following two months.

Residents of Prince Edward Island who are currently receiving or applying for Employment Insurance (EI) or the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) due to COVID-19 who are not currently receiving rental support from other government or non-government organizations.

NOTE: The requirement to be eligible for EI or CERB is waived for students.

Apply for the Temporary Rental Assistance Benefit

Suspending Evictions

Prince Edward Island Housing Corporation

The Prince Edward Island Housing Corporation has placed a moratorium on evictions from provincially-owned social housing units until June 2020.

Island Regulatory Appeals Commission

The Island Regulatory Appeals Commission has suspended all rental hearings, including eviction hearings until further notice. Visit the IRAC website for FAQs regarding rent and evictions

The Office of the Attorney General

On April 1, 2020, the Supreme Court of PEI held a hearing and a decision was made to support this application to suspend enforcement of eviction orders until the courts can resume regular operations.

Anyone seeking an order for an eviction must follow the procedures of the Director or the Island Regulatory and Appeals Commission. On March 30, 2020, the Commission advised the public that the Rental Office will not hold hearings for non-payment of rent. It will only hold hearings for urgent matters, such as serious threats to the health and safety of tenants and landlords. Visit the IRAC website for FAQs regarding rent and evictions

Additional Resources

Visit Apartment Building Tenant Safety FAQs to learn more on how tenants and landlords can ensure health and safety during COVID-19.
Published date: 
April 16, 2020
Social Development and Housing

General Inquiries

Department of Social Development and Housing
2nd Floor, Jones Building
11 Kent Street
PO Box 2000
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8

Phone: 902-620-3777
Toll-free: 1-866-594-3777
Fax: 902-368-4740

DeptSDH@gov.pe.ca