Rent assistance helps people to pay rent with private landlords

The Government of Alberta has redesigned and improved its Rent Supplement Program to meet the needs of Albertans in these difficult times. The program includes:

Rent Assistance Benefit (RAB):

  • A long-term benefit for those most in need, RAB helps to make rent with a private landlord more affordable. Recipient households live in private rental homes and receive a monthly benefit amount to help make their rent more affordable. Civida is not the landlord in this program.

Temporary Rent Assistance Benefit (TRAB):

  • A short-term benefit for working Albertans with low income or those between jobs. Support is intended to help eligible tenants afford their rent while they stabilize or improve their situation.

Civida is administering RAB and TRAB on behalf of the Government of Alberta. In both cases, rent assistance is provided to recipients who have their own tenancy agreements outside of Civida-managed buildings, but cannot afford the total cost of rent. These programs are governed by the Rent Supplement Regulation and the Social Housing Accommodation Regulation.

Communities Served

Civida provides the Rent Assistance Benefit (RAB) and Temporary Rent Assistance Benefit (TRAB) in the following communities:

  • Edmonton
  • Holden
  • Josephburgh
  • Ryley
  • Smoky Lake
  • Tofield
  • Waskatenau
  • Vegreville

Surrounding Communities

  • Residents living in surrounding area municipalities may be eligible for RAB through their local housing management body. Please contact them for further information.
  • Meridian Housing Foundation is responsible for Spruce Grove, Stony Plain, and surrounding areas. Please call 780-963-2149 or email [email protected]
  • Heartland Housing Foundation is responsible for Sherwood Park and Fort Saskatchewan. Please call 780-400-3511 or email [email protected]
  • Homeland Housing Foundation is responsible for St. Albert and surrounding areas. To contact Homeland Housing Foundation, please call 780-939-5116.


Temporary Rent Assistance Benefit (TRAB):

  • Paid directly to tenants.
  • Households are eligible if they are below local income thresholds and employed or have been employed in the last 24 months and are not receiving social assistance, including:
    • Income Support
    • Learner Income Support
    • Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped
    • Alberta Seniors Benefit
    • Guaranteed Income Supplement
    • Old Age Security
    • Canada Pension Plan
  • Amount calculated based on household size and location and will be reduced in the second year – view benefit rates for the current year.
  • Households prioritized on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Households can reapply for rent assistance at the end of two years.

Rent Assistance Benefit (RAB):

Formerly the Direct Rent Supplement, this long-term benefit will continue to subsidize Albertans with low income across the province.

Additional Forms and Documents


Review frequently asked questions

Apply for RAB or TRAB

We have introduced the new Civida Benefit Portal, a dedicated online system to serve Rent Assistance Benefit (RAB), and Temporary Rent Assistance Benefit (TRAB) applicants and recipients.
New applicants:

Simply begin a new application on the Civida Benefit Portal.

Returning applicants:

If you had started an application on the previous RentCafé housing application portal, your information has been automatically updated on the new Civida Benefit Portal. Simply login to the new Civida Benefit Portal using the email address on your Civida application.

Benefit Recipients:

If you are already receiving a RAB or TRAB, your information has been automatically updated on the new Civida Benefit Portal. Simply login to the new Civida Benefit Portal using the email address attached to your Civida records.

Should you need assistance, please contact us at [email protected].

Rent Assistance payment dates

Your rent assistance benefit will be deposited before the first of the month.