Provincial Policies and Initiatives

BC Housing

The Rental Assistance Program (RAP) was introduced by BC Housing in 2006 to help low-income working families with the cost of private market rental housing. Working families earning up to $40,000.00 a year can receive direct rent subsidies.

Rental Assitance Program Brochure (

Shelter Aid for Elderly Renters (SAFER) helps make housing more affordable for low-income seniors who rent in the private market. 

Shelter Aid For Elderly Renters Brochure (

Below is a link for the Rental Assistance Program (RAP)/SAFER Calculator that helps provide an accurate estimate of the subsidy amount an individual/family would be eligible for: 

Rental Assistance Program (RAP)/SAFER Calculator | BC Housing

For more information about BC Housing call 1.866.465.6873 or visit their webpage at