To improve the long-term success of our community, the City partners and works with residents, community groups, business and property owners, housing providers and other stakeholders to develop goals and strategies involving housing in Regina.
Comprehensive Housing Strategy
Our Comprehensive Housing Strategy addresses homelessness to home ownership and includes strategies for addressing the city's housing issues. Goals of the strategy include:
- increasing the supply of rental and affordable housing
- retention of the existing housing stock
- increasing the diversity of housing options
- addressing housing needs in creating complete communities and sustainable neighbourhoods
- partnerships with housing providers and other levels of government
By identifying current housing issues and goals, the housing strategy is able to determine the best areas to stimulate and regulate the housing market, align the city’s programs and assets with current housing needs, and coordinate with the policies and programs of the Province.
Housing Incentives Programs
The City offers residential tax exemption programs and capital grants for newly-constructed rental housing and ownership housing that meets eligibility and affordability requirements.
The Capital Grant and Tax Exemption housing incentives vary depending on the location of the development and the unit type. To be eligible, applications must be made while development is underway (building permit or development permit has been issued).
Use our interactive map to input the address of the property to determine the Housing Incentives Program Area, then select the type of housing you are developing to find criteria and application forms.
The City works with non-profit and private sector organizations to encourage and promote affordable housing in Regina. If you are seeking an affordable rental property, view the list of organizations and developers providing affordable rental through the City of Regina’s housing incentives.
A variety of other community and government funding programs are also available, including but not limited to the following:
Community-Based Funding Programs
Metis Nation First Time Home Buyers Program – provides up to $15,000 toward down payment and up to $2,500 toward closing costs for first-time Metis homebuyers.
Community Housing Ownership Transformation Centre Grants – grants of various sizes.
Metis Nation Saskatchewan Emergency Home Renovations and Repair Program – provides one-time loans of up to $15,000.
Provincial Funding Programs
Saskatchewan Housing Benefit Program – provides monthly payments of up to $250 to low-income renter households to assist with their monthly shelter costs.
Home Repair Program – Adaptation for Independence – offers a forgivable loan of up to $23,000 for homeowners or rental property owners with low incomes to make a home more accessible for a person with a housing-related disability.
Rental Development Program – provides forgivable loan up to 70 per cent of project costs for new construction or the acquisition and repair of existing units.
Saskatchewan Co-Investment Program – provides a forgivable loan of up to $27,000 per unit, up to a maximum of $500,000 per project for new construction or the acquisition and repair of existing units.
Federal Funding Programs
CMHC Seed Funding – provides interest-free loans and non-repayable contributions to home builders.
Rapid Housing Initiative – up to 100 per cent of project costs for the rapid construction of affordable housing.
National Co-Investment Fund – low interest loans up to 95 per cent and forgivable loans of up to 30 per cent of eligible costs to develop energy-efficient, accessible and socially inclusive housing for mixed-income, mixed-tenure and mixed-use affordable housing uses.
CMHC Mortgage Loan Insurance: Affordable Housing – offers many flexible tools to help you build, repair or improve rental housing.
Rental Construction Financing – provides low cost funding (minimum loan of $1 million) to eligible borrowers during the development of rental apartments.
On-Reserve Renovation Programs – provides various funding and/or forgivable loans for emergency repairs, home adaptations, major repairs and additions, as well as family violence shelters.
Reaching Home – provides funding for organizations that support the homeless.
The Government of Saskatchewan now requires the City of Regina to apply for the education portion of the property taxes where a property’s annual education portion is equal to $25,000 or more. Where the Government of Saskatchewan does not approve the exemption of the education portion of the property taxes, or if they reduce the amount of the education property taxes approved for exemption, the property owner is liable for the balance of the education portion of the property taxes.
Rental Property Information
The City does not own or manage housing, but plays an active role in fostering, encouraging and supporting organizations that build and manage housing to address the needs of Regina residents.
While the City supports the development of rental housing, the rules and practices of the relationship between the tenant and landlord are governed by the Province of Saskatchewan through the Residential Tenancies Act.
The City has authority to enforce bylaws that pertain to the health, safety and welfare of the community, including those that relate to the condition of rental properties.
Tenants with concerns regarding health and safety standards at his/her dwelling or apartment should first advise the landlord in writing of their concerns in order to allow the landlord the opportunity to address the issue first. If the landlord does not resolve the issue, tenants may pursue the course of action appropriate to their concern:
- Yard or exterior maintenance complaints can be made to Service Regina by calling 306-777-7000. A Bylaw Enforcement Officer may order the property owner to conduct any necessary repairs, clean-up or maintenance.
- Fire safety issues (problems with smoke alarms, exits, windows) are investigated by Regina Fire and Protective Services. Tenants can make a complaint by calling 306-777-7830 and a Fire Inspector will be in contact to gather all relevant information. Action will not be taken on anonymous requests or information based on hearsay.
- Public health concerns in rental housing (rodent/insect infestations, sewer back-ups, extensive mould) are investigated by the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region (RQHR). Public health complaints can be submitted directly to RQHR. Additional information and a complaint form can be found at RQHealth.ca.
If the rental unit concern is not related to exterior property maintenance, fire safety, or public health, please contact the Office of Residential Tenancies.
The Regina Homelessness Community Advisory Board (RHCAB) oversees federal funding for the Government of Canada’s Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS). RHCAB consists of 15 representatives from community-based organizations, Aboriginal organizations, youth, community members, the City of Regina, the Saskatchewan Ministry of Social Services and the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region.
A process to create a Plan to End Homelessness for Regina began in 2018. A final report is expected in spring 2019.
Condominium Conversion Policy
There are guidelines and requirements you must follow if you are planning a condo conversion. The Condominium Policy Bylaw is intended to support a stable rental market and has four objectives:
- Ensure condo conversions do not significantly reduce the supply of rental accommodations.
- Ensure the orderly conversion of residential rental apartments to condominium ownership.
- Mitigate hardship for tenants of rental apartments subject to conversion.
- Delegate to the Development Officer all responsibilities as an approving authority for condominium applications, except for when the provisions require City Council approval.
The provincial Office of Residential Tenancies administers Residential Tenancies Act, which governs the relationships between tenants and property owners. If you are renting and have questions about your rights as an owner or renter, please contact the Office of Residential Tenancies.
To apply for a condominium conversion, reference the Condominium Conversion Handbook and complete the Condominium Conversion Application Form. For more information, or to set up a preliminary consultation, call 306-777-7000.