It is one of the sponsor’s responsibilities to assist newcomers with finding housing for their first year.
This can be very difficult, especially with low vacancy rates in Kingston. There are many ways to find housing such as:
- Online resources such as Kijiji or Home Base Housing Apartment Listings
- Calling and reaching out to landlords
- Reaching out to friends or family if they know of any vacancies
Things to Consider When Renting
If renting, please consider:
- The budget
- The number of rooms needed
- Location and proximity to appropriate grocery stores, school, etc.
- Renter’s insurance
- Cost of utilities
Tenants have many rights in Ontario. For example, landlords are not allowed to treat you differently based on personal differences such as:
- Ethnic background
- Sex and gender
- The country you are from
- Sexual orientation
If a landlord is threatening eviction, the landlord must give a written notice on a N6 form and apply to the Landlord and Tenant Board. You and the landlord must go to a hearing. This process can take months. Please reach out to the Kingston Community Legal Clinic at (613) 541-0777, if facing eviction.
Rent-Geared-To- Income (RGI) Housing
Newcomers can apply for RGI Housing after the first year. This application can take a long time, so it is best to apply early.
Generally, tenants pay 30% of their gross monthly income for rent.
To access the application form, please visit the City of Kingston website.
Special priority is given to victims of abuse or trafficking. Please fill out the Special Priority form to be given special priority.
There are a few temporary shelter options in Kingston. These are a last resort and generally would not be used within the first year in Canada.
In From The Cold
Shelter for adults aged 25 and up 540 Montreal Street
Shelter for families with children aged 15 and under
333 Kingscourt Avenue
Kingston Youth Shelter
Shelter for youth aged 16 – 24
234 Brock Street
Kingston Interval House
Shelter for women, children and youth facing violence
*Shelters should not be an option at all for Sponsored Refugees in their first year in Canada unless there has been a breakdown in the sponsorship