Special Priority Household Category
The first priority is for victims of abuse (Special Priority Household
Category). All housing providers are required by the Housing Services Act (HSA) to give priority to victims of abuse.
The Special Priority Household Category is assigned to a member of a household
16 years old or older who:
lives with or has lived with their abuser;
plans to live permanently apart from the abuser; and
demonstrates that they meet the criteria for the Special Priority Household
What is considered to be abuse?
Under the Housing Services Act, abuse means any of the
intentional destruction of an individual's property
intentional injury to an individual
words, actions or gestures that threaten the safety of the person, children,
family or property of the individual
For further information, see Links page for link to HSA.
Who could be considered an abuser?
An abuser could be a spouse, parent, child, relative,
immigration sponsor or a person to whom the applicant is emotionally,
physically, or financially dependent.
Want to apply?
You need to be eligible for the general waiting list for social housing and
demonstrate that you meet the criteria to fit into this priority. You
need to fill out an application for subsidized housing and complete the
Click here for tips on how to demonstrate common address with abuser.
Tenants who are already housed in social housing who want to apply for an
internal transfer under special priority-abuse in order to live permanently
from their abuser may also apply.
Click here for
Special Priority Internal Transfer Application form.