Family Housing

Island families and individuals unable to obtain or maintain adequate housing due to a low household income, poor housing conditions, or other special circumstances may be eligible for family housing through the Family Housing Program. Eligible applicants may be approved for:

  • Government-owned housing: Bachelor to four-bedroom units are equipped with essential appliances and utility services. Tenants must supply their own furniture and maintain tenant’s insurance coverage. Most families pay 25% of their household income for rent and cover the cost for heat and electricity, although adjustments may be applied to assist with heating costs in some cases. Family housing units are in Alberton, Charlottetown, Georgetown, Montague, Mt. Stewart, O'Leary, Souris, Summerside, and Tignish and administered through a local housing board.
  • Landlord-owned housing: Rent Supplements to assist with the cost of rent in privately owned units in the community.  

Am I eligible for family housing?

Your eligibility will be assessed by a local housing board using the following criteria:

  • Number of dependents living with you;
  • Annual household income (see income-threshold table below);
  • Ration of housing cost to income, i.e. spending 30% or more of household income for suitable housing
  • Condition of your current dwelling;
  • Other factors, including health status of family members and the availability of a unit suitable to your family’s need.
Income thresholds used to assess family housing eligibility
Annual Household Income (before tax) Family Housing Unit Size
$25,500.00 Bachelor
$36,500.00 One Bedroom
$40,500.00 Two Bedroom
$45,000.00 Three and Four Bedroom
  • As of April 1, 2023

What do I need to apply for Family Housing?

Complete the online form below or the form included on the Family Housing Application brochure.

You may be asked to provide:

  • Identity and contact details
  • Personal information for you and your spouse (if applicable) including:
    • Date of Birth;
    • Social Insurance Number; and
    • PEI Health Card Number

Once you submit your completed application, a Housing Services representative will contact you to schedule an appointment. Please have the following income and expense documents available for review at your appointment:

  • Recent CRA Notice of Assessment & Tax summary;
  • Documents to confirm current residence (valid PEI driver licence, utility bills with address, lease agreement) 
  • Verification of heat/electricity expenses
  • Other income documents, if applicable, such as pay stubs, pension verification, property tax insurance statements

Who do I contact about Family Housing?

Contact the Housing Office in your region:

Summerside 
120 Heather Moyse Drive 
Summerside, P.E.I. 
C1N 5L2 
Telephone: 902-888-8436 

Charlottetown 
161 St. Peters Road 
P.O. Box 2000 Charlottetown, P.E.I. 
C1A 7N8 
Telephone: 902-368-5770 

Montague 
41 Wood Islands Road 
P.O. Box 1500 Montague, P.E.I. 
C0A 1RO 
Telephone: 902-838-0796 

Souris 
15 Green Street 
P.O. Box 550 Souris, P.E.I. 
C0A 2B0 
Telephone: 902-687-7098 

Family Housing Projects are constructed and operated through a cooperative agreement with the Government of Canada, the Government of Prince Edward Island and the Prince Edward Island Housing Corporation.

Housing, Land and Communities

General Inquiries

Housing
161 St. Peters Road 
PO Box 2000 
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8 
Toll Free Phone: 1-877-368-5770

housing@gov.pe.ca