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Development of Affordable Rental Housing

The Rental Development Program (RDP) provides a forgivable loan to sponsors (owners/developers) that want to build affordable rental housing and provide supports to low-income households in communities with a demonstrated need. The loan is forgiven over a period of up to 20 years, depending on the amount of the loan.

Rental Development Program funding is allocated through annual Requests for Proposals. The next Request for Proposals is anticipated to be held in October 2016.


1. Benefits

Sponsors (owners/developers)

  • May receive a forgivable loan for up to 70% of the total eligible capital cost of construction.

For Tenants

  • Provides housing for individuals or families unable to maintain housing in the private market.  

2. Eligibility

Sponsors are eligible if they:

  • are registered to conduct business in Saskatchewan;
    • are a non-profit or for-profit corporation, co-operative, First Nations band, or municipality that practice good governance and
    • have the capacity to deliver the proposed service for the targeted client group; or
    • have the support/partnership from a recognized agency to ensure service delivery;
  • contribute a minimum of 30 per cent of the project’s total capital cost; and
  • will maintain ownership of the project for the duration of the loan.

Projects are eligible if they:

  • are for the new construction of affordable housing units, the acquisition of existing rental units, or for the conversion of non-residential buildings;
  • include a component to provide approved supports to a targeted client group;
  • are affordable for individuals or families with an annual gross household income at or below the limits established by Saskatchewan Housing Corporation (as shown in the following table):

Low income

 Household Type
 Three-Bedroom   Four-Bedroom 



  • have a minimum of four units  (or rooms in the case of rooming houses);
  • are located off-reserve;
  • promote independent living and fall under The Residential Tenancies Act, 2006;
  • pass the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act form.
  • are modest and contain units that are appropriate in size for the household, according to the National Occupancy Standards;
  • are constructed with an apprenticeship component; and
  • are not secondary suites, building camps, group homes, nursing homes, special care homes or life lease units.

Proposals are evaluated by Saskatchewan Housing Corporation on:

  • completeness of the proposal;
  • sponsor and project eligibility;
  • availability of funding for the community
  • affordability for targeted clients;
  • long-term sustainability;
  • apprenticeship components; and
  • other criteria indicated in the Rental Development Program Application Booklet.

3. How to apply

Proposals may be submitted through an annual Request for Proposal process. Annual proposal calls will be made in October of each year until 2018. During the annual call for proposal period, sponsors must:

  1. Confirm that your organization and project are eligible for the Rental Development Program.
  2. Download and complete the Rental Development Program Application Booklet.
  3. Submit the Application Booklet:

  4. By Fax:  306-933-5374
    By Email: 
    By Mail:  Saskatchewan Housing Corporation
    222 First Avenue
    Saskatoon, SK  S7K 1X2

4. Apply

Download the Rental Development Program Application Booklet

Please note that the application form, targeted clients and communities, and funding may change prior to the next proposal call.


5. Further Information

Materials related to the October 2015 Request for Proposals are subject to change prior to the next proposal call:

The Conditional Letter of Approval and Project Development and Operating Agreement are for reference only, subject to change, and provided to successful groups by SHC.

Details of funding levels, targeted communities, and other factors are subject to change, but will be made available in the active Request for Proposal documents.

The Rental Development Program cannot be combined with any other Saskatchewan Housing Corporation program.

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