One of the first things you will have to do when you arrive in Peel region is find housing.

Peel region has various types of housing options available. You can choose to either rent or buy your own house.

Types of houses

There are different types of housing available in Ontario, such as:

  • Apartment
  • Condominium
  • Duplex and Triplex
  • Shared Accommodation

Settlement.org has detailed information on housing options.

Renting a house

Renting is a good option for newcomers to Peel region in order to familiarize yourself with the community and area you are living in before you decide to buy your own house. Renting may also be a cheaper option than buying.

The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) offers a great deal of information on the renting process, useful worksheets and other helpful suggestions.

You can start by checking the following rental websites:

The cost of renting a house depends on the size, number of bedrooms and neighbourhood where it is located, and the age and condition of the apartment or house. Below provides information on cost of renting in Peel:

Your rights and responsibilities as a tenant

When you are renting a place to live, it is important to know your rights. The Ontario's Residential Tenancies Act and Canada's Charter of Human Rights explain your rights.

You have responsibilities too. These include:

  • Paying your rent on time
  • Keeping your home clean
  • Not disturbing others

Paying rent and rules for tenants

Learn more with a tip sheet for rent deposits and what you need to know about the law as a tenant, including rules for rent increases, evictions, repairs and everything you need to know as a tenant.

Buying a house

Buying a house in Peel region can be a great investment.

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) has valuable resources and information on housing for newcomers that will help you make well-informed decisions about buying a home of your own.

Additionally, Homebuyers Checklist: A Newcomers Guide and Workbook is a comprehensive guide to help you plan for buying a house.

For home buying prices visit Toronto Real Estate Board.

Mortgages and financing a house

If you are looking to buy a house, your first step will be to apply for mortgage. Banks or mortgage brokers can approve you for a mortgage.

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) has important information to help you prepare and understand about mortgage planning, managing, and mortgage fraud and payment.

Non–profit housing

You may qualify for social housing if your income does not allow you to find a suitable place to live. Government programs pay for social housing; it provides reduced rent costs for tenants.

Peel Access to Housing (PATH) handles all applications for social housing in Peel.

It may take many years to receive social housing because there is a high demand and a waiting list in Peel. If you submit a complete application and PATH approves you, they will place you on the waiting list.

Shelter

Shelters are safe places to stay. They are generally free or charge a small fee based on your income. They also have counselling, support groups for women and children, referrals to services such as legal or health services.

Some shelters can help you get a free 2-hour counselling session with a lawyer. Contact a shelter or a community legal clinic for more information about the Family Violence Authorization Program [PDF].

To find a shelter:

  • ShelterSafe.ca - Find shelters in your community with a clickable map.
  • 211 Ontario - Search for shelters all over Ontario.

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