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CHRA sends recommendations to reform National Housing Co-Investment Fund and RCFI

July 4, 2022

On June 13, CHRA held a consultation with members to discuss ways to improve the $13 billion National Housing Co-Investment Fund and the $25 billion Rental Construction Financing Initiative (RCFI). This consultation was motivated in part by the announcement in the 2022 federal Budget that CMHC would review these programs with…

CHRA writes Minister Hussen with recommendations for the third round of the Rapid Housing Initiative

June 6, 2022

The 2022 federal Budget included a provision of $1.5 billion towards a third round of the Rapid Housing Initiative (RHI). CHRA is pleased at the continuation of the RHI, having strongly advocated for such a program since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Last week, CHRA sent a letter to…

CHRA Releases its 2021 Annual Report

May 3, 2022

CHRA Releases its 2021 Annual Report Last year was a busy one for CHRA. From our advocacy work and educational offerings, to our member engagement and on-going programs, 2021 was truly one for the books. Download the CHRA 2021 Annual Report to get a full rundown of what your Association worked…

Congratulations to the 2022 CHRA National Awards winners!

April 28, 2022

Congratulations to the 2022 CHRA National Awards winners! On Thursday, April 28, the winners of this year’s CHRA National Awards were honoured at the 2022 Congress. We’re so pleased to congratulate: Action-Habitation on their Community Builder Award The National Affordable Housing Corporation’s Plainsview Townhomes on their Sustainability Award Stéphan Corriveau…

Budget 2022: CHRA Welcomes the Housing Focus, But Raises Concerns Over Specific Measures, Notably Urban Indigenous Housing

April 8, 2022

Budget 2022:  CHRA Welcomes the Housing Focus, But Raises Concerns Over Specific Measures, Notably Urban Indigenous Housing (April 7, 2022, OTTAWA) – Following the release of the 2022 federal Budget by Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association (CHRA) was pleased to see the federal government’s focus…

CHRA Issues Pre-Budget Statement Calling for Urban, Rural and Northern Indigenous Housing Strategy

March 22, 2022

CHRA Issues Pre-Budget Statement Calling for Urban, Rural and Northern Indigenous Housing Strategy Today, CHRA issued the following statement in support of an urban, rural and northern Indigenous housing strategy in advance of the 2022 Federal Budget: As the national association representing social and non-profit housing in Canada, CHRA supports…

CHRA Indigenous Caucus submits Pre-Budget Recommendations

March 7, 2022

The establishment of an urban, rural and northern (URN) Indigenous housing strategy remains the top priority for CHRA and the CHRA Indigenous Caucus. As part of its ongoing advocacy strategy, the Caucus submitted a pre-budget brief to the federal government to make the case for an URN Indigenous housing strategy…

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CHRA Writes Minister Hussen with proposals for the $4 Billion Housing Accelerator Fund

February 16, 2022

During the 2021 federal election campaign, the Liberals promised to create a new $4 billion Housing Accelerator Fund that would provide support to municipalities to accelerate and incentivize the development of new affordable housing. In order to inform the content and structure of this program, Housing Minister Ahmed Hussen launched…

CHRA Submits Pre-Budget Recommendations to Minister of Finance

February 14, 2022

In early February, federal Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland launched a pre-budget consultation with Canadians. CHRA has submitted a letter to the Minister outlining a number of key priorities that CHRA and its partners have identified over the past year, including the need for an urban, rural and northern Indigenous housing…

Registration is now open for the 2022 CHRA National Congress

February 2, 2022

Registration is now open for the 2022 CHRA National Congress! We’re excited to invite you to register for the 2022 CHRA Virtual Congress! Though we were looking forward to welcoming attendees to an in-person event in Quebec City, we’re still offering the same dynamic and inspiring program in a virtual setting. Visit…

Government of Canada Announces $118.2 Million Investment through the Federal Community Housing Initiative

January 13, 2022

Government of Canada Announces $118.2 Million Investment through the Federal Community Housing Initiative The Canadian Housing and Renewal Association (CHRA) consistently advocates for federal policies and programs to support the financial sustainability of Canada’s affordable housing sector. This includes rental subsidies to ensure that affordable housing providers can continue to…

Submit your nominations for the 2022 CHRA National Awards!

November 9, 2021

Nominations are now open for the 2022 CHRA National Awards and we need your help to recognize leaders and innovators in the community housing and homelessness sector! Check out our webpage for more information about the awards criteria, and the nominations process in order to nominate a deserving individual or…

CHRA Statement on National Day Of Truth and Reconciliation | September 30, 2021

September 27, 2021

Unceded Territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabe/Ottawa, ON The Canadian Housing and Renewal Association will honour the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation on September 30th. CHRA recognizes this as a time to commit and work towards meaningful reconciliation with Indigenous peoples across Canada while at the same time acknowledging that…

Pledge to Vote Housing in the next federal election!

June 24, 2021

The Canadian Housing and Renewal Association along with members of a national coalition officially launched the Vote Housing campaign on June 17. CHRA is proud to have partnered with the Co-Operative Housing Federation of Canada, the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness and the Canadian Lived Experience Leadership Network to shape what is expected to be the largest…

House of Commons Standing Committee Issues Final Report on Urban, Rural and Northern Indigenous Housing

May 28, 2021

On Wednesday, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities (HUMA) released its long awaited report on urban, rural and northern Indigenous housing. The Committee received representations from dozens of witnesses over the past several months, including CHRA staff…

CHRA Welcomes New Board President and Salutes Past President

May 10, 2021

During the Annual General Meeting on May 10, it was announced that Tim Crooks, CEO of Phoenix Youth in Halifax, Nova Scotia, will take on the role as the new CHRA Board President. Tim’s term as President will take place over two years. As well, the CHRA membership also expressed its…

CHRA Becomes National Coordinator for Chartered Institute of Housing Canada

April 27, 2021

The Canadian Housing and Renewal Association (CHRA) is proud to announce that it has entered into a partnership agreement with the Chartered Institute of Housing Canada (CIH Canada) whereby CHRA will serve as the new national coordinator for CIH Canada, effective May 1, 2021. The new partnership was announced today by…

CHRA Expresses Deep Disappointment in Budget 2021

April 19, 2021

(April 19, 2021, OTTAWA) – Following the unveiling of the 2021 Budget by Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association (CHRA) expressed its deep disappointment that this Budget once again ignored the housing needs of Canada’s urban, rural and northern Indigenous peoples by failing to announce an…

CHRA Shares Recommendations on Rapid Housing Initiative with Honourable Ahmed Hussen

February 26, 2021

On February 8, 2021 The Canadian Housing and Renewal Association (CHRA) and the Community Housing Transformation Centre (CHTC) hosted a consultation session on the Rapid Housing Initiative (RHI) to better understand how the initiative can improved as a second phase and inform the federal government. The feedback received was invaluable…

CHRA Launches Registration for the 2021 National Congress on Housing and Homelessness

February 11, 2021

CHRA is proud to launch registration for its 53rd National Congress on Housing and Homelessness taking place from April 27 to 29, 2021. Congress is going virtual for 2021 and we are excited to have you join us online for three days of learning, networking and celebrating excellence in the…

New One-time Temporary Rental Assistance for Non-Profit and Co-operative Housing Providers

February 1, 2021

  In 2016, the federal government provided a two-year bridge funding for non-profit and co-operative housing organizations whose operating agreements with Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) ended between April 1, 2016 and April 1, 2018. Subsequently, the Federal Community Housing Initiative, phase 2 (FCHI-2) was launched, extending this support…