Housing

Whether renting or buying, finding the right home can be a challenge. Here are some resources to get you started.

Renting a home in Alberta

When renting a home, you will need to sign a rental agreement or lease with a landlord. The agreement may be for a fixed period of time (for example, one year), or month to month.

Besides your monthly rental payment, there may be other costs you need to consider, including:

  • Utilities: Rental prices may or may not include utilities, such as electricity and heating. Check with the landlord before you sign an agreement. If utilities aren't included, ask for an estimate of monthly costs. Remember that heating will be more expensive in winter.
  • Security deposit: Most landlords require you to pay a security deposit before you move in. This covers any potential damage to the home. If there is no damage, you receive the full amount back when you move out.

Visit Service Alberta or the Canadian Mortgage & Housing Corporation for more information on renting in Alberta.

Buying a home

You can buy a home in Alberta by contacting a realtor or through a private sale.

A realtor (or real estate agent) is a professional who helps people buy and sell homes. Realtors charge a fee for their services. Most of the time, the seller pays all realtor fees, but you should talk to your realtor about this up front.

Visit the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation for more information on buying a home in Canada.

Low-income and emergency housing options

If you have a low income and need help with your rent, you may qualify for financial support. Learn more about Alberta's Direct to Tenant Rent Supplement Program.

If you find yourself without housing, you can go to an emergency shelter, or use short-term or long-term supportive housing. Learn more about emergency housing.