Affordable Housing Strategy

Affordable Housing Strategy

The City of St. John’s believes affordable housing is a foundation for a safe, prosperous and healthy community.

To be affordable, housing must cost less than 30 per cent of pre-tax household income including housing and related costs. For renters, shelter costs include rent and utilities. For owners, shelter costs include mortgage payments, property taxes, condominium fees and utilities.

The City has a long history of leadership in this field, including the creation and management of affordable housing for over 400 households since 1982. One in four residents currently face an affordability issue and there is much work to be done. Our city can't make advancements in housing alone. To fully address our municipality’s housing needs, we must work in-step with partners, stakeholders and residents to create and maintain safe, suitable, and affordable housing throughout the city.

In November 2018, Council approved, a new 10-year Affordable Housing Strategy for the City of St. John’s. The strategy looks at solutions across the housing continuum with a particular focus on creating housing that is affordable to households in a growing affordability gap: those with incomes too high for a housing subsidy but too low to afford market rental or ownership options.

For more information on the City’s affordable housing work; review the housing related publications or contact the City’s Affordable Housing Development Facilitator at 709-570-2096 or You can also sign up for our Affordable Housing Newsletter to stay informed of our initiatives and events.