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Published Date: January 01, 2019
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06 Core Shelter

Private Housing

Income and Employment Supports Act, Schedule, section 8 and Table 3
Income Support, Training and Health Benefits Regulation, sections 2(1), 2(2) and 2(4)


To describe the Core Shelter benefits available to individuals in a variety of private housing situations.


Core Shelter is provided to clients residing in private housing. Private housing includes homeowners, renters and room and board situations. Renters include:

  • clients or applicants who are renting a self-contained suite from relatives; or 
  • clients or applicants who have a tenancy agreement with a landlord (including when Living with Family as outlined in the Variations to Core Shelter policy). 

    The landlord cannot be a relative (as defined in the Living with Family section of the Variations to Core Shelter policy) also residing in the same accommodations.

Core Shelter is determined by household composition and living arrangement.

Core Shelter for private housing covers the following items:

  • Payments for rent or payments under a mortgage or agreement for sale
  • Utilities (except telephone)
  • Heating fuel
  • Damage deposit
  • Lot rental for a mobile home
  • Municipal taxes, house or tenant insurance, and, if applicable, condominium fees
  • Homeowner's maintenance 

    Need Code 1130 Core Shelter
    Living Arrangement 1 Private Housing

Rate Adjustments
Where an applicant or recipient is not eligible for Core Shelter for a full month, the maximum shelter amount is pro-rated based on the number of days remaining to month end.

If a recipient moves into a private housing accommodation part way through the month, and was already issued a Core Shelter (e.g. $103 living with family), the maximum Core Shelter is pro-rated over the number of days remaining to month end. The combined pro-rated amount and Core Shelter amount originally issued must never exceed the regulated private amount.

Core Shelter for applicants can be issued for the entire month if not paid.

For other situations in which an adjustment to the private housing rate may be made, please see Core Shelter General Policy - Specific Core Shelter Adjustments and Income Support Overview - Eligibility Impacts.


  1. LISA will default the Core Shelter when the worker presses the Enter key in Preliminary Budget in Eligibility Determination and PF10 key in Client Budget for all household types except One-Time Issues when the Living Arrangement is ‘1Private Housing.


  2. To ensure LISA defaults the right Core Shelter amount from The Core Shelter Payment Table, the worker must ensure the Living Arrangement field displayed in Client Budget is correct and that household composition and client type is correct in Client File. Workers can change Living Arrangement in Client Budget.