Submission to the National Consultation on a Human Rights-Based Approach to Housing

May 30, 2018

As the voice of the social, non-profit, and affordable housing sector in Canada, the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association (CHRA) was pleased to provide input to the federal government on the design of the legislated right to housing prior to the release of the National Housing Strategy (NHS) in November 2017. In meetings with senior government officials, CHRA advocated strongly for a rights-based approach within the NHS, and captured core characteristics of a rights based approach in a letter to Minister Duclos in September 2017. CHRA is pleased to continue the conversation with the federal government on a legislated right to housing approach through this submission, and through ongoing formal and informal engagement opportunities over the coming months.

50th Anniversary Commemorative Video

May 2, 2018

    At Congress, we unveiled a 50th anniversary video to commemorate our golden anniversary in 2018. Produced in partnership with Yardi Canada, it provides a brief history of the Association, highlights our accomplishments, and showcases several testimonials from sector leaders on our positive impact over the years. Have a…

President Stéphan Corriveau’s Opening Speeches at CHRA Congress 2018

April 26, 2018

April 24th Indigenous Caucus: /sites/default/files/20180426-caucus-autochtone-vf.pdf April 25th Opening Ceremonies: /sites/default/files/20180426-speech-achru-vf_0.pdf

CHRA Laments the Lack of an Urban And Rural Indigenous Housing Stream; Seeks Greater Details on National Housing Strategy

February 27, 2018

In response to today’s federal Budget, the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association (CHRA) today lamented the lack of a dedicated funding stream for the housing challenges facing Indigenous peoples living in urban and rural settings.  Furthermore, although CRHA continues to applaud the release of the National Housing Strategy by the Prime Minister in November 2017, CHRA had hoped that Budget 2018 would provide new information regarding the status and implementation of the programs announced as part of the National Housing Strategy. See CHRA’s reaction here.

Registration for CHRA’s Congress 2018 is Now Open!

January 25, 2018

Registration for CHRA’s 50th National Congress on Housing and Homelessness taking place at the Delta Ottawa City Centre in Ottawa, Ontario is officially open!  Register before February 24, and you can access the early bird rates.  And as always, CHRA members in good standing receive significant discounts on Congress fees.    Register today and join the 50th Anniversary celebration at the CHRA National Congress on Housing and Homelessness!

Click here to visit the Congress 2018 Website!

National Housing Strategy Town Hall

December 12, 2017

On December 8, CHRA held an online town hall to discuss the federal government’s National Housing Strategy for members. It featured a presentation by Michel Tremblay, Senior Vice President, Policy, Research and Public Affairs; and Debbie Stewart, Director, Housing Needs from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. The town hall allowed CHRA members to ask questions and make comments about the Strategy.

CHRA’s response to the National Housing Strategy

November 22, 2017

The federal government today unveiled Canada’s first ever National Housing Strategy, a historic plan which contains a series of policies and programs that puts the needs of Canada’s most vulnerable populations at its core. 

Read CHRA’s response here.


CHRA Reaction to New Census Data

November 15, 2017

Over the past few weeks, Statistics Canada has released new data from the 2016 census the demonstrate disturbing trends in the state of Indigenous housing and core housing need across Canada.  This data reinforces the need to focus on safe and affordable housing supply in the forthcoming National Housing Strategy.  See CHRA’s reaction to the census data here.

CHRA and Canadian Home Builders Association Release New Research Report

November 1, 2017

CHRA and the Canadian Home Builders Association, with the support of Genworth Canada, have released a new research report prepared by Steve Pomeroy and Greg Lampert entitled “Examining the Dynamics of Canada’s Housing Tenure System:  Implications for a National Housing Strategy”.  This report examines the full housing spectrum, and looks at policy changes and how policy impacts housing along the spectrum.  A copy of the report can be found here. (note – the paper is only available in English).


Coalition of Poverty and Housing Advocates Call for a Rights-Based Approach to Addressing Poverty

October 16, 2017

A group of leading anti-poverty, housing, and homelessness advocates today held a press conference on Parliament Hill to call on the federal government to adopt a rights-based approach in its forthcoming National Housing Strategy and Poverty Reduction Strategies.

The joint press release can be found here.


CHRA Marks World Habitat Day by Calling for a National Housing Strategy Focused on the Needs of Canada’s Most Vulnerable

October 2, 2017

The United Nations has designated October 2 as World Habitat Day in 2017 – this year’s theme is “Housing Policies:  Affordable Homes”.  The Canadian Housing and Renewal Association (CHRA) is using this day to remind the federal government that the needs of Canada’s most vulnerable populations need to lie at the heart of the forthcoming National Housing Strategy, expected to be unveiled in November 2017.  Click here for a copy of our communique.


Indigenous Caucus Day Report is Released

September 28, 2017

The report summarizing the May 2 Indigenous Caucus Day in Halifax, Nova Scotia is now available.  A copy of the report can be found here (copies are only available in English). 


CHRA’s 2018 Pre-Budget submission to the House of Commons Finance Committee

August 8, 2017

CHRA believes that the federal government has an opportunity through continued investment to achieve the objective of every person living in Canada having access to safe, affordable and sustainable housing by 2035; and that the enactment of a National Housing Strategy and an Indigenous Housing Strategy has the potential to address a number of longer-term and structural concerns facing housing providers, and most importantly, their tenants.

Please click here for our recommendations and full submission to the House of Commons Finance Committee as part of the Pre-Budget Consultations.


Congress 2018 – Call for Proposals

July 31, 2017

The Canadian Housing and Renewal Association (CHRA) is seeking proposals for the 50th National Congress on Housing and Homelessness, taking place April 24th to April 27th in Ottawa, Ontario.  We are inviting interested participants to submit proposals for our concurrent workshop sessions.

Click here for more information.


CHRA Survey on Barriers within Operating Agreements

July 28, 2017

One of the advocacy objectives that CHRA has discussed with CMHC is to eliminate barriers within existing Operating Agreements for housing providers who wish to diversify or transition their operating models.    In order to better inform our advocacy efforts, CHRA would like to collect specific examples of Operating Agreement barriers.  To complete this survey, visit here


Housing On The Hill Day

July 19, 2017

The Canadian Housing and Renewal Association (CHRA) and the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness (CAEH) invite you to: Housing on the Hill Day 2017, October 17, 2017

CHRA and CAEH are once again teaming up to host “Housing on the Hill” 2017 on Tuesday, October 17.  With over $15 billion in investments in social and affordable housing and homelessness programs contained in the 2017 Budget, and with a National Housing Strategy to be unveiled shortly, Housing on the Hill provides a timely and unique opportunity to engage with Members of Parliament to seek out their support, raise awareness, and set the stage for additional investments in housing in future years.


Actions for Housing Now 2017

July 11, 2017

In February and March 2017, CHRA partnered with The Tyee to organize two events in British Columbia designed to share and gather ideas and thoughts on housing policy in Canada. 


CHRA Releases Two Submissions to the Federal Government on the National Housing Strategy; Help Us Spread the Word!

June 27, 2017

CHRA has written the Minister responsible for the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, and the Minister of Indiginous and Northern Affairs, with 2 sets of documents related to the release of the National Housing Strategy this fall.


Urban and Rural Indigenous Housing Benchmarking Survey

May 17, 2017

CHRA today issued the results of a benchmarking study conducted by James Burr and Steve Pomeroy of urban and rural Indigenous housing providers.  The results of the survey point to the need for a distinct urban and rural Indigenous housing strategy.  Download a copy of the report here, and click here for a copy of the accompanying press release.


CHRA Asks, CHRA Receives

March 27, 2017

In October 2016, CHRA submitted its response to the National Housing Strategy consultation, containing many specific recommendations, found here.  On March 22, the federal government unveiled its 2017 Budget which contained announcements totaling $11.2 billion over 11 years for social and affordable housing – the largest single investment in Budget 2017.  Many of the announcements contained in the 2017 Budget mirrored CHRA’s own recommendations.  Click here for a comparison of CHRA’s recommendations in the National Housing Strategy submission versus the announcements contained in Budget 2017.


Summary of measures contained in the 2017 federal budget

March 22, 2017

The following housing-related announcements were contained in the 2017 federal Budget released today by Finance Minister Bill Morneau:

Budget 2017 invests $11.2 billion over 11 years in a variety of initiatives designed to build, renew, and repair Canada’s stock of affordable housing.  This investment is broken down within our article.  Click here to read more.