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Subsidized Housing and Sponsor Obligations 

torontovd
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Posted On: 3/27/2015
torontovd
torontovd
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Hi,

I am in a unique and weird situation. I am a Canadian citizen and I sponsored my mother to Canada 2 years ago. Since moving here permanently, she's become a different person. She treats us badly, talks down to us and has been causing a lot of stress and anxiety. We pursued family counseling and were told that it would be best for all of us if we didn't live together since it was making everyone miserable.

So we offered her the choice of returning to our home country or the option to rent her a room here (which would be a significant financial hardship for us). She has refused both these options. Living in the same house is not an option at all.

My mother consulted with some case worker at a settlement agency and was told she could get subsidized housing. We've had major arguments about this because I believe I will have to pay the government market rate for her subsidized apartment which I cannot afford at all. And she says I won't have to pay anything because she is not on OW or ODSP.

So my question is this - what is my obligation under the Sponsorship Agreement if my mother accesses social housing? I don't want to be on the line for 800 bucks a month in rent if I can rent her a room for 400. We still have 8 more years to go before her undertaking expires.

Thanks.
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Posted On: 3/31/2015
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Hello,

Thank you for sharing your situation and question with us.

We can appreciate that you would be concerned about this situation.

From what we have found in the past, it is important that you contact the body administering and managing the subsidized housing for specific information.

We have found that in some cases, with certain subsidies, for example, childcare subsidies, some municipalities consider them a form of social assistance.

You can find some additional information on who you need to contact in our Settlement.Org How can I apply for subsidized housing? article.

I hope this information is helpful. Please let us know if you have further questions and if there is any follow up to your question/situation.

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Anna
Settlement.Org Content and Information/Referral Specialist, CIRS
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