Finding a Place to Live

The Government of Canada offers many resources to help you learn about finding a place to live, including the choice between buying and renting a home.

The comprehensive Finding a Place to Live gives you information on:

  • To buy or to rent
  • Types of housing
  • How to find an a place to live
  • What of you have a large family?
  • How much will it cost?
  • Signing a lease

Renting a home

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation's website For Renters helps you look for and evaluate rental accommodations, and understand your rights and responsibilities. It also includes links to useful worksheets and sample letters.

Buying a home

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation's guide to Homebuying Step by Step provides information to help you decide about buying a home. This web page provides examples and worksheets that will take you through the entire process of buying a home, from the moment you decide to buy your own home, to the moment the movers carry the first box through the front door.

Housing for temporary foreign workers

Many temporary foreign workers are employed at worksites in remote locations and use on-site housing provided by the employer. Other temporary foreign workers are employed near or in cities and live off-site. If you are a temporary foreign worker employed in a tourism job that requires lower levels of formal training, your employer is responsible for helping you find housing that is accessible, suitable, and affordable.

You should be aware that employers are able to recover costs if housing and meals are provided. However, there is a maximum amount employers can deduct each day/week for supplied housing and meals. This amount is generally up to one-third of your weekly wages (this is what is generally understood as the cost of reasonable/affordable housing in Canada).