Finding housing can be an overwhelming experience for newcomers to Canada. There are different options, requirements and factors to consider which can be a challenge for many newcomers. There are a lot of resources available to you that will help make the process easier. Settlement counselors at CUIAS are available to offer you help and advice trying to find the best options for you. The information below summarizes important points and links to websites that will help you in your housing search.
CUIAS holds regular ‘Welcome to Canada’ information seminars.
We have very important information you should know about your Rights and Responsibilities
as a new Permanent Resident, as well as tenant, worker, consumer rights and various
community and government services such as housing, recreation programs, Canada’s
income tax system, government benefits and more. Contact us to inquire about our
upcoming information seminars: 416-767-4595
Before You Arrive
- Research which area you may want to live in (is it close to a school, public transportation, community centres, shopping malls, etc). This link will provide you with information on
different neighbourhoods in Toronto.
- Decide whether you will be looking for a basement apartment, 1 or 2 bedroom apartment or a house.
- Become familiar with your rights as a tenant (See brochure for Information for new Tenants).
- Schedule an appointment with one of our counsellors at CUIAS who will be able to help you.
- Housing help centres help people find affordable housing at no cost. Click on the map below to find a housing help centre near you.
- Landlords often advertise houses or apartments for rent on websites and in the Classified Ads section of newspapers.
- This website helps you find housing information and housing help centres in your area.
- Have a letter of employment ready or find a guarantor who will be able to co-sign your rental agreement (more info on
guarantors and co-signers here).
- Ensure you have enough funds to be able to pay first and last months’ rent.