Families and seniors receive more help to pay rent (flickr.com)

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Lindsay Byers

Media Relations
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
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Rajvir Rao

BC Housing
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Rental assistance program benefits increased

Enhancements to the Rental Assistance Program and Shelter Aid for Elderly Renters include increasing the maximum rent ceiling and adding a third rental zone. Previously, there were two rental zones: Metro Vancouver and other areas of the province.

Rental Assistance Program – maximum rent ceilings, effective Sept. 1, 2018

Zone 1

  • Family of three or fewer: $1,108 (up from $1,055)
  • Family of four or more: $1,250 (up from $1,190)

Zone 2

  • Family of three or fewer: $1,086 (up from $970)
  • Family of four or more: $1,136 (up from $1,015)

Zone 3

  • Family of three or fewer: $1,067 (up from $970)
  • Family of four or more: $1,117 (up from $1,015)

Shelter Aid For Elderly Renters – maximum rent ceilings, effective Sept. 1, 2018

Zone 1

  • Singles: $803 (up from $765)
  • Couples: $866 (up from $800)

Zone 2

  • Singles: $767 (up from $667)
  • Couples: $836 (up from $727)

Zone 3

  • Singles: $734 (up from $667)
  • Couples: $800 (up from $727)

Communities by zone

Zone 1 (previously Metro Vancouver):
Aldergrove, Anmore, Belcarra, Bowen Island, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Delta, Langley, Lions Bay, North Vancouver, Maple Ridge, Milner, New Westminster, Pitt Meadows, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Richmond, Surrey, Tsawwassen, Vancouver, West Vancouver and White Rock.

Zone 2:
Abbotsford, Agassiz, Central Saanich, Chase, Colwood, Dawson Creek, Esquimalt, Fort St. John, Highlands, Kamloops, Kelowna, Lake Country, Langford, Lantzville, Logan Lake, Metchosin, Mission, Nanaimo, New Songhees, North Saanich, Oak Bay, Peachland, Penticton, Prince George, Saanich, Saanichton, Sidney, Sooke, Squamish, Terrace, Union Bay, Victoria, View Royal, West Kelowna.

Zone 3:
All other areas of the province

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