Financial Assistance Secondary Suites Program Manitoba
Secondary Suites Program Manitoba are a type of rental housing located on a property that normally accommodates a single-family house. It is a dwelling unit secondary to an existing primary dwelling unit and contains its own entrance, kitchen, bathroom and living area. Secondary suites can increase the number of affordable rental units available in the housing market and create more opportunities for home ownership.
The Secondary Suite program provides financial help to eligible homeowners for the construction of a secondary suite. The financial assistance is provided in the form of a forgivable loan for 50 per cent of the total construction and renovation costs, to a maximum of $35,000.
Homeowners enter into a 10-year agreement, over which time the loan is forgiven on a pro-rata basis.
The secondary suite can be:
in the basement or an above ground addition to the main dwelling
a garden suite which is a self-contained unit that is not attached to the principal dwelling, but built on the same property
a carriage suite or garage suite which is a self-contained unit located above or attached to the side or rear of a garage
The Secondary Suites Program is provided with the financial support from the Government of Canada.
Financial Assistance Secondary Suites Program Manitoba Eligibility
Program eligibility is established when the applicant, the primary dwelling, the secondary suite and costs meet the following criteria:
Financial Assistance Secondary Suites Program Manitoba Applicant
The applicant must own the property and live in the primary dwelling full-time where the secondary suite is to be developed. For new construction, confirmation that the applicant will own and occupy the property needs to be provided.
The applicant must be willing and able to enter into a legal agreement with Manitoba Housing and fulfill the requirements of the program.
Financial Assistance Secondary Suites Program Manitoba Primary Dwelling
The existing primary dwelling must meet Manitoba Housing minimum safety and health standards. Financial Assistance Secondary Suites Program Manitoba Secondary Suite. The secondary suite must be a private, self-contained residential unit that meets all national, provincial and municipal bylaws, codes and standards. The resident(s) of the secondary suite must have an annual gross household income at or below the applicable threshold, as set out by Manitoba Housing. A lease agreement with the rental rate, at or below the maximum rental rate as set out by Manitoba Housing is required. The monthly rental charge must be inclusive of essential services (heat, water, and gas). If the owners rent out the unit to relatives and choose not to charge a monthly rent, a formal rental agreement is still required.
Financial Assistance Secondary Suites Program Manitoba Costs
Eligible costs include the following:
- costs associated with applying for funding, including creating drawings of the proposed construction/renovation and obtaining a building permit
- costs associated with building the secondary suite, including material and labour costs incurred after loan approval
- all taxes, legal costs and other costs associated with applying for and building the secondary suite that are incurred after loan approval
- Costs associated with bringing an existing primary dwelling up to the minimum standards or to comply with municipal building codes cannot be funded by the Secondary Suites
How To Apply for Financial Assistance Secondary Suites Program Manitoba
Review program information and complete the pre-application checklist
Contact us for an application and for detailed information on the program at:
Telephone: (204) 945- 5566 or
Toll Free: 1-866-689-5566 or
Complete the Secondary Suites Application Form.
- A complete application package includes the following documents:
- Secondary Suites Program Checklists Document (PDF)
- Secondary Suites Application Form
- Proof of Ownership
- Floor Plan or Engineer Drawings
Submit completed application and supporting documents to the address below:
Secondary Suites Program
Housing Delivery Branch
200-352 Donald St.
Winnipeg, MB R3B 2H8