Rental Housing Options
Private Rental Housing
This is the most common and fastest way to find rental housing. Private rentals are advertised on the internet, the Winnipeg Renters Guide, newspapers, and on buildings or windows showing “For Rent” signs. Starting rents in Manitoba are from $600 (for a ‘bachelor’ suite with no separate bedroom) to $1200 (for an apartment with 3 or more bedrooms). If you have a low income to be able afford private rental, you may apply for the Rent Assist Program for financial assistance. Click here for information: Rent Assist Program
Where to search for private rentals
Public or Subsidized Housing
The government pays a portion of your rent in public or subsidized housing. This is a rent-geared-to-income (RGI) program where you usually pay 30% of your monthly family income for rent. For example, if you make $1000 per month, your rent will be $300 per month. The applicant must qualify certain criteria to be eligible to apply for public housing. If you qualify, you may have to wait for a home to be available. There are a number of non profit companies that offer subsidized housing. New Journey Housing can help you fill out application forms.
Where to search for Public or Subsidized Housing
Co-operative (Co-op) Housing
This is resident-managed housing with private living units and shared common spaces. If you want to live in a co-op unit you must first apply for membership. If your membership application is approved, you will pay a one-time membership fee (usually between $500 and $2000) before you move in. Learn more about your housing options, how to find a home, apply for financial assistance and your rights and responsibilities as a renter.
Register for our Free Rental Workshop, meet our advisor, find out how to rent a home, ask questions and get answers.
Where to search for Co-operative (Co-op) Housing
Old Grace Housing Co-op
Manitoba there are new measures you must consider during the COVID19 pandemic.
In general, anyone arriving in Manitoba is required to self-isolate for 14-days upon arrival to reduce the spread of COVID-19. However, there are exceptions to this requirement.
More information about self-isolating can be found here https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/soe.html
You may probably want to sign a lease to rent a house or apartment before coming to Manitoba. We do not recommend that you do this. It would put yourself at risk of not liking the place or the neighbourhood once you arrive. You also would be at risk of being scammed.
We recommend checking in to temporary accommodations for a few weeks when you arrive, and then do your own housing search in person. We would be glad to help you in your housing search.
Below are our suggestions for temporary accommodations.
Home ToGo offers a search engine for vacation rentals. Select a city in Manitoba where you want to stay.
AirBnB offers unique homes for rent for short-term stays. This is an online tool where you can select specific locations in Manitoba.
Executive Stay offers fully furnished suites with fully equipped kitchens, in-suite laundry, high speed WIFI and cable tv with parking included. Conveniently located downtown Winnipeg, weekly and monthly rates are available.
Downtown Guest Suites offer clean, comfortable, and private accommodations with laundry facilities onsite that is conveniently located in downtown Winnipeg.
427 Cumberland Avenue
Telephone: 1 (204) 956-1402
McFeetors Hall at University of Winnipeg is a hostel in downtown Winnipeg
370 Langside Street
Telepnone: 1 (204) 786-9900
Guest House International Hostel is a restored Victorian home with private and semi-private rooms with kitchen facilities, laundry and other facilities.
168 Maryland Street
Winnipeg, MB R3G 1L3
Telephone: 1 (800) 743-4423 OR 1 (204) 772-1272
Tips for Renters
Tip 1: understand the “for rent” advertisements. Click here for the most common terms and abreviations being used in classified ads.
Tip 2: if you have a large family, click here for tips to find and rent a home.
Tip 3: check out the home or apartment you would like to rent. Click here to see what you must see in it.
Tip 4: read the lease contract carefully before signing. Click here to see what you should find in a lease contract.
Tip 5: visit New Journey Housing if you need help!
About Rent Increase
New Journey Housing
200-305 Broadway Winnipeg MB R3C 3J7
(Corner of Broadway and Donald. 2nd floor right above the Starbucks)
OFFICE CURRENTLY CLOSED. Staff are working remotely.
Monday to Friday: 9:30 am – 5:00 pm