The CHRA Awards will be on pause for Congress 2024 as we revitalize the program to better fit the needs and realities of our members and the wider community housing sector.

We look forward to unveiling the new and improved CHRA Awards with our call for nominations in fall 2024.

Celebrating the Community Housing Sector

CHRA's National Awards honour the leaders and innovators of the community housing and homelessness sector, highlighting the exceptional people and programs that go above and beyond to ensure a safe and affordable home for all. The Awards draw attention to the exceptional achievements of the community housing sector on a national stage and inspire positive change in the housing sector.

Membership value


  • Each year, CHRA members are given the opportunity to nominate their colleagues for the Awards
  • Awards are bestowed by peers during the awards ceremony at our National Congress on Housing and Homelessness.
  • Award recipients are featured in CHRA's Annual Report, Congress program, and CHRA's website
  • Award recipients receive a glass memento at the awards ceremony

Award Overview

Community Builder Award

Recognizes an individual, a business, or an organization that has had a major impact at the community level in promoting affordable housing and/or preventing and ending homelessness.

Sustainability Award

Recognizes an organization, business or partnership that has undertaken a program, a new build or retrofit project that advances sustainable development, resource conservation or community renewal.

Leadership Award

Recognizes an individual who has shown leadership in improving housing in Canada through program innovation, policy change, outreach and/or advocacy efforts.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Recognizes an individual with years of service in the affordable housing sector in Canada.

Biannual Rooftops Canada International Service Award

Recognizes a CHRA member - an individual or an organization - that has actively supported Rooftops Canada's international development work. This biannual award is administered by Rooftops Canada. The next award will be announced in 2024.

A Member-Driven Process

Each year, national award recipients are nominated by CHRA members. Nominations are adjudicated by a volunteer Awards Committee that makes a recommendation to our Board of Directors. Recipients are notified in advance and the awards are presented at CHRA's National Congress on Housing and Homelessness. Nominators of unsuccessful nominations are notified beforehand and will are invited to resubmit a revised nomination the following year.

Learn more about the selection process and Award guidelines

Past Award Presentations

2023 Award Recipients

2022 Award Recipients

2021 Award Recipients

2020 Award Recipients

2019 Award Recipients


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