Affordable Housing Grant (MHRC)

Grant Money Available for Affordable Housing Projects in Steinbach

The City would like to draw attention to Provincial grant funding that is currently available to spur on local investment in affordable housing projects. In Steinbach, $1.3M will be contributed towards projects that meet criteria identified by the Manitoba Housing and Renewal Corporation (MHRC).

This grant is best suited to developers, non-profit organizations, and those who already have planned activities/development for multi-unit housing that may fit within the grant funding model. 

Please note the short timeline (provided below) in which the grant is available, as well as the milestone dates that must be met as part of the grant criteria. 

What is the MHRC grant?
The MHRC grant is for qualifying affordable housing projects and is in the range of $50,000 - $65,000 per qualifying affordable housing unit. Affordable housing developed/redeveloped under the grant funding must remain affordable housing for a period of 20 years. 

Criteria for Eligibility:
Eligible projects may include rental housing or homeownership developed under the following methods: 

  • New construction
  • Conversion from non-residential to residential use
  • Rehabilitation of vacant, derelict residential building
  • Homeownership opportunities for low- to-moderate-income families including capital funding for new construction and first-time homebuyer assistance 

Essentially, any housing project that delivers/provides affordable housing for low-to moderate income households where the unit affordability is maintained for at least 20 years can be eligible. Funding may be used for any one of the following project outcomes, or a combination thereof: 

  • Increase the supply of Affordable Housing: This may include new construction of or conversion to Affordable Housing.
  • Improve Housing affordability: This may include rent supplements or shelter allowances to address Affordable Housing needs, and homeownership assistance.
  • Improve and preserve the quality of Affordable Housing: This may include renovation, rehabilitation, and repair of existing housing for affordable households.
  • Foster safe independent living: This may include support for new construction of, and modifications and renovations to Affordable Housing, that provide accommodations for victims of family violence or extend independent living for households in need being seniors and persons with disabilities.

What does not qualify under the MHRC Grant?
Grant funding must be used towards capital expenditures for affordable housing, and cannot be applied towards administrative or operating expenses. 

What is considered affordable housing?
"Affordable Housing" means housing which is modest in terms of floor area and amenities, based on household needs and community norms, and geared to lower moderate income households whose total household income meets or falls below the Income Limit, as determined by Manitoba Housing. The Income Limits for 2021 are as follows:
2021 Affordable Housing Rental Program Income Limits
• Households without children - $63,450
• Family Households (families with children or dependents) - $84,600 
• Rent must be at or below median market rent level for the municipality or applicable region (see below). 

For Steinbach:

2021 Affordable Housing Rental Program Rents - Includes Essential Utilities (heat, water and sewer)

Studio1 Bedroom2 Bedroom3 Bedroom4+ Bedroom

2021 Affordable Housing Rental Program Rents – No Utilities Included

Studio1 Bedroom2 Bedroom3 Bedroom4+ Bedroom

Current rates can be found here on their website:

Are there design requirements?
All new construction of rental housing must meet Manitoba Housing’s visitable design standards. To learn more visit:

The design and construction of new buildings should comply, at minimum with Efficiency Manitoba’s New Building Program. To learn more visit:

Grant Timeline

October 20, 2021Project proposals must be received no later than this date. 
November 3, 2021City Council will choose which project(s) to submit for MHRC review at the first Council meeting in November. 
December 31, 2021

Proposed affordable housing projects must be submitted to MHRC for approval prior to commencement, and may not be commenced unless they are approved by MHRC. Projects must also receive approval from City Council. 

Once MHRC has reviewed, any MHRC approved proposal(s) will be brought back to City Council for final approval in December. 

March 31, 2022Projects must commence no later than this date.
March 31, 2023Projects must be completed by this date (unless mutually agreed upon by MHRC and the City of Steinbach).
Long-TermAffordable housing developed/redeveloped under the grant funding must remain affordable housing for a period of 20 years (MHRC can provide legal assistance to address this item).

What is the application process?
Project proposals including pertinent details regarding the design, location, estimated cost figures and a business plan showing how the project will remain affordable for a period of 20 years must be submitted to Adam Thiessen at the City of Steinbach byOctober 20, 2021 for review. City Council will decide which application(s) to submit to MHRC for their review process at the November 2, 2021 Council meeting. Any application(s) approved by MHRC will be brought forward for final review and approval of City Council in December of 2021. 

Project Proposal Guide & Checklist

Further information and questions:
Vanessa Coniglio
Senior Policy Analyst
Department of Families

Adam Thiessen
Manager, Corporate Services
City of Steinbach