Housing has become increasingly unaffordable, particularly in amenity-rich and transit-accessible areas. In this paper, we conduct an empirical ana- lysis to investigate the relationship between living in subsidized housing and commuting patterns (mode and distance) in Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver. We find that compared to otherwise similar individuals, those in subsidized dwellings have shorter and less auto-oriented commutes at statistically significant levels. The paper positions the discussion on subsi- dized housing in the broader context of the relationship between housing and sustainability, and within specific metropolitan geographies and his- tories of housing policies. In combination with prior research, the findings provide support for policies that promote investment in subsidized hous- ing near transit as an affordability and sustainability strategy, particularly benefiting low-income renters.