SAFER Calculator

To assist seniors in estimating their SAFER subsidy, BC Housing provides the SAFER calculator. This calculator provides an estimated subsidy only. The actual subsidy that a client may be eligible to receive will be confirmed once an application form has been received and processed by BC Housing staff.

The SAFER calculator is a Microsoft Excel document. Users must have Microsoft Excel to be able to use the calculator. Click here to open the calculator. You can download a free Excel viewer.

How is the SAFER subsidy calculated?
SAFER gives the most subsidy to people with the least income. The program reimburses part of the difference between 30% of your total income and your rent. Regardless of actual amount of rent paid, SAFER will only consider amounts up to maximum rent levels (see table to the right.)

Maximum Rent Levels

Effective April 2014, the maximum rent levels for SAFER are as follows:

  Metro Vancouver Other Areas in B.C.
Singles           $765 $667
Couples $825 $727
Shared** $1066 $1066
*Prior to April 2014, the maximum rent levels were:
Metro Vancouver: Singles $700 / Couples $755 / Shared $975
Rest of B.C.: Singles $610 / Couples $727 / Shared $975

**Shared accommodation: The maximum rent level is divided by the number of adults living in a home. An adult is defined as anyone over the age of 19. For example, if a family with two adults lived in the Greater Vancouver Regional District, each adult would have a maximum rent ceiling of $1066 divided by two or $533.