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Manitoba Emergency Repair Program for Homeowners (MERPH)

What is the MERPH program?

The program provides financial help to eligible low income homeowners for urgent repairs to their home.

Who is eligible?

  • Homeowners who own and live at the property for which the application is being made
  • Owners with property taxes paid up to date and without tax arrears
  • Households with a total gross income that is at or below the program income limit set by Manitoba Housing for the community

Eligibility income limits for Homeowner Renovation Assistance Program (HRAP), Manitoba Emergency Repair Program for Homoeowners (MERPH) and Residential Adaptations for Disabilities (RAD)*

  Winnipeg Brandon Thompson MB South MB North
Household without dependants $40,500 $39,000 $47,000 $35,000 $37,000
Household with
$54,000 $52,000 $63,000 $47,000 $49,500

*Effective January 1, 2019

NOTE: Gross household income includes income from everyone 18 years of age and older living at the home. Gross income is the total income before deductions. For this purpose dependant is defined as a person under the age of 22, a person under the age of 26 who is registered in full-time study, or a person of any age who because of cognitive or physical challenges is accepted as a dependent for income tax purposes. MB North refers to locations above the 53rd parallel and MB South refers to locations below the 53rd parallel.

Contact Manitoba Housing for more information.

What properties are eligible?

To be eligible for MERPH, the property must be:

  • in need of an emergency repair
  • the applicant's main residence
  • located in Manitoba, outside of First Nations communities

How much financial help is available under the program?

Qualified homeowners may receive up to $5,000. If the home is located in a northern community (north of the 53rd parallel), qualified homeowners may receive up to $9,000.

The MERPH program is provided with financial support from the Government of Canada.

What types of repairs are eligible?

Eligible repairs are limited to those urgently required for the continued safe occupancy of the home.
Urgently required repairs may include:

  • structural
  • electrical
  • heating
  • water supply
  • roof
  • disability and accessibility
  • plumbing

NOTE: To be eligible to apply for MERPH, applicants must exhaust all other applicable financial assistance, including home insurance, warranties, Manitoba Hydro programs, etc.

How is the financial help paid out?

Payments are made when work is complete. A program inspector will visit the home to ensure the invoiced work is completed to Manitoba Housing's satisfaction.

Eligible costs include materials, labour, applicable taxes, fees and permits.

NOTE: Advances in program funding are not allowed under the program.

What else should I know?

  • The cost of any work carried out prior to funding approval is not eligible for financial help.
  • All repair work must meet applicable building codes and standards.
  • Financial help is available in the form of a grant.
A program inspector is assigned to applicants whose applications meet the eligibility criteria of the program.

How do I apply? How do I get more information?

Manitoba Housing, Housing Delivery Branch
Telephone: 204-945-5566 or
Toll Free: 1-866-689-5566 or
come in person to 200-352 Donald Street, Winnipeg.


  Read our brochure for additional information

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