Housing for Everyone

WBH offers rental units at least 10 percent below market rates for the people of Fort McMurray, as well as the rural hamlets of Conklin, Janvier, Anzac and Fort Chipewyan. There are no income caps for this housing and anyone can apply. If you are interested in applying for this housing, please fill out the inquiry form here: https://wbhousing.ca/ or call 780-799-4050. Here is a downloadable PDF of our Housing Application: Housing Application.

Alberta Rent Supplement Program

As a provincially designated Housing Management Body, WBH manages all social housing in Wood Buffalo on behalf of the Government of Alberta. In March 2021, the Government of Alberta announced a redesign of its Rent Supplement Program to meet the needs of more Albertans, including working families and those most in need.

Starting April 1, 2021 we are accepting applications for the Rent Assistance Benefit (RAB). Formerly, the Direct to Tenant Rent Supplement, this long-term benefit will continue to subsidize low income Albertans. Priority is based on households in highest need.

Starting May 1, 2021 we are accepting applications for the Temporary Rent Assistance Benefit (TRAB). This new benefit will provide a modest subsidy to help eligible tenants afford their rent while they stabilize or improve their situation. Priority is based on first-come, first-serve.

The Private Landlord Rent Supplement (PLRS) program will remain closed to new intake and existing units will be phased out over time as funding agreements for the units under the Canada-Alberta Social Housing Agreement expire. Households receiving PLRS are expected to transition to RAB if they remain eligible.

For more information visit the government’s website.

Community Housing

There have been no changes to our Community Housing Program. These units are located in Beacon Hill, downtown, Anzac, Dickensfield and Fort Chipewyan. We currently have no availability, but we are accepting applications. You can download the application form here: Community Housing Application.

Senior Housing

In 2002, Wood Buffalo Housing (WBH) assumed responsibility from the Government of Alberta for all subsidized independent and supportive living seniors’ housing. The rent for seniors is calculated at 30% of the applicant(s) gross income or line 150 of their Notice of Assessment.

In Fort McMurray, WBH has the following options for seniors housing:

  • Rotary House Lodge – independent living with some supports (bathing, dressing, and medical reminders) provided by home care if the resident is a home care client. Rotary House also provides meals, snacks, weekly light housekeeping and in-house recreation as part of the residents $515.00 (per person) monthly service fee. Personal laundry service is available if the resident would like and that fee is $40.00. This is funded through municipal requisitions.
  • Legion Manor & Araubasca House – these 30 self-contained units are individual, one-bedroom apartments. These are deficit-funded by the Provincial Government.

In our rural communities, we have:

  • Woodsmoke Elders Lodge – this lodge is located in Anzac, and consists of four one-bedroom mobile homes. Two of these homes are actually down right now due to significant maintenance and repair issues. The Province hired a company to assess the damage and, after much consultation, they have determined that they will refurbish and repair the trailers instead of replacing them. We are hoping to have dates soon for the work that needs to be done.
  • Ayabaskaw Home – these 10 self-contained units are individual, one-bedroom apartments located in Fort Chipewyan. They are deficit-funded by the Provincial Government, and all are currently occupied.

Here is a downloadable PDF of our senior housing application: Seniors Housing Application and Medical Assessment Form

Support for the Social Profit Sector

WBH also supports other social profit agencies in Wood Buffalo. We donated the land and provided strategic advice and counsel to Waypoints (formerly the Fort McMurray Family Crisis Society) that enabled it to build a new shelter for women and children victims of domestic violence. Since 2001, WBH has helped over 10,000 individuals, families and seniors of low to middle incomes find affordable housing that is appropriate to their personal financial circumstances.

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