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Special Priority

The selection of applicants from the waiting list is chronological - when a housing provider has a vacancy, they contact the next applicant on their waiting list.

The exception to the first-come, first-served waiting list system is for Special Priority applicants who are housed on a priority basis.

Who qualifies for Special Priority?

The City of Toronto rules give priority to the following categories:

In addition, the City of Toronto's local access rules ensure that individuals who are disadvantaged by a chronological system under the following categories will fill one in seven rent-geared-to-income vacancies:

  • homeless
  • separated families
  • newcomers who are homeless
  • youth who are 16 or 17 years old at the time of applying

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