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About Social and Affordable Housing

Social Housing, as the term is commonly used, is a category of housing that includes public housing, cooperatives, and non-profit providers that receive government funding to assist with rent subsidies and operating and capital costs.

Social Housing is often used interchangeably with Affordable Housing, but they are two different things. All social housing is affordable, but not all affordable housing is social housing.

County of Simcoe Social Housing Department

The County of Simcoe is designated as the Consolidated Municipal Services Manager (CMSM) for this area by the Province of Ontario; as such, it is mandated to plan, fund, and manage the County's social housing system, including services to the cities of Barrie and Orillia.

The Social Housing Department also oversees Social Housing Systems Management which includes:

  • Responsibility for funding, administering and ensuring compliance of housing programs
  • Across the County, there are 4,145 social housing units, including approximately 2,836 rent-geared-to-income units.
  • Provision of subsidies to 25 housing providers for 2,534 non-profit units, 60% rent-geared-to-income and 40% market rent.

The County of Simcoe manages program and subsidy administration for local non-profit, co-operative, and urban native housing programs to ensure compliance with the Housing Services Act.

As such, we provide support and legislative direction through Policies, Directives, and Information Bulletins.  

The Social Housing Department also participates in a number of non-mandated initiatives that enhance the range of affordable housing options/programs available to our residents.

Simcoe County Housing Corporation

The County of Simcoe is the direct owner and manager of the Simcoe County Housing Corporation which provides affordable housing to seniors, families and individuals. 

Housing units are primarily rent-geared-to-income; RGI tenants pay rent based on their income.

The Simcoe County Housing Corporation currently owns and operates 1,316 RGI units, and 196​ affordable units, county-wide, and maintains a Centralized Waitlist for RGI assistance.