Wiiji’wewin Rent Supplement Program

Established in February 2022, the Wiiji’iwewin Rent Supplement program is a key initiative under Giwetashkad's commitment to providing Indigenous people with secure and affordable housing.

Wiiji’iwewin is Anishnaabemowin (Ojibwe language) word that loosely translates in English to “the help” and “assistance” to another individual

Improving Indigenous housing stability

The program provides financial aid to Indigenous individuals who are struggling to pay their rent and are considered to be in housing need, specifically those who are spending more than 35% of their income on rent. 

It's important to note that the program does not cover expenses such as rental arrears, utilities, and mortgage payments. It is the responsibility of the participant to ensure that their rent is paid moving forward. The program will run until March 31, 2024, and eligible applicants can receive up to a maximum of $500 per month in assistance.

How it Works

  1. Download and submit the application.
  2. The Giwetashkad team will review your documents. 
  3. If eligible, you will be provided with a one-time payment.

Example 1: An applicant has a gross monthly income of $1,400.00.$1400 x 0.35 (35%) = $490.00; therefore, this applicant should be paying $490.00 for rent.

Example 2: An applicant has a gross monthly income of $1,200.00. The co-applicant has a gross monthly income of $800.00.

$1200 + $800 = $2.000.00; this is the gross household’s monthly income.

$2000 x 0.35 (35%) = $700.00; therefore, this household should be paying $700.00 for rent.

More on how to calculate rent supplement here


To be eligible for the Wiiji’iwewin Rent Supplement Program, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Applicant must reside within the city limits of London, Ontario.
  2. Applicant's monthly rent payments must exceed more than 35% of their gross household income.
  3. Applicant must not be currently receiving a rent supplement from any other sources(s) e.g. COHB, St. Leonard's RGI Subsidized Housing, etc.
  4. Applicant must be an Indigenous Person as defined in Canada and in the province of Ontario.
  5. At least one member of the household must be 16 years of age or older.
  6. At least one member of the household can live independently, with or without support services.


Attach the following to your application:

  1. Photocopy of proof of identification - e.g. valid birth certificate, Ontario Health Card, Certificate of Indian Status, Driver's License etc.
  2. Copy of current Lease or Rental Agreement
  3. Copy of rent receipts for the most recent 3 months. If you have only just began paying rent, please provide a receipt for the first month you have paid.
  4. Proof of Income

Get the Support You Need Today

Don't wait, apply now and see if you qualify for financial assistance.


At Reception Office
Atlohsa Family Healing Services
343 Richmond Street, Unit 109
London, Ontario, N6A 3C2


Email your completed application with the required documents to rentsupplement@atlohsa.com. Include 'Rent Supplement Application' in the subject line.


Attn: Wiiji’iwewin Program
Atlohsa Family Healing Services
343 Richmond Street, Unit 109
London, Ontario, N6A 3C2

Hurry! Deadline for applications is March 15, 2024.