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Sessions and Keynoters

Monday, April 20, 2020

Homelessness 101 Workshop

(Additional cost of $320)

Are you a housing professional wanting to learn more about homelessness in Canada? If so, this one-day workshop is for you.

The first half will be spent discussing the national homelessness landscape, major factors that drive homelessness (e.g. corrections, child welfare), emerging themes in homelessness (e.g. aging population, natural disasters, refugee settlement challenges) and policy solutions. You will gain a better understanding of Canada’s new homelessness strategy, Reaching Home, and the all-important question will be answered: which order of government is responsible for homelessness?

The second half will focus on service providers. This will include an overview of ‘system planning,’ how we assess the needs of people experiencing homelessness, triage in the face of limited resources, harm reduction, emerging innovations (e.g. BC Housing’s use of on-site supervised consumption services) and staff burnout. The workshop will end with a discussion of recent innovations in the sector, including Yellowknife’s Integrated Case Management Program; Adaptive Case Management (developed by the Calgary Homeless Foundation); shelter diversion; housing-focused shelters; and the use of artificial intelligence.

The workshop will draw on recent research led by Dr. Jeannette Waegemakers Schiff (University of Calgary).


Indigenous Caucus Meeting


The CHRA Indigenous Caucus represents those CHRA members who self-identify as Indigenous and/or CHRA members who understand Indigenous Housing and homelessness issues, including Indigenous tenant support, building operations, and cultural issues, and who declare to be members of the Caucus.

New for 2020, Caucus members are invited to meet during the afternoon of Monday, April 20 to discuss issues of relevance to the Caucus.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Indigenous Caucus Day

The CHRA Indigenous Caucus represents those CHRA members who self-identify as Indigenous and/or CHRA members who understand Indigenous Housing and homelessness issues, including Indigenous tenant support, building operations, and cultural issues, and who declare to be members of the Caucus.

Indigenous Caucus Day will be open to all, and will feature speakers, panel sessions, and discussion groups of interest to the urban, rural and northern Indigenous housing sector.

Innovation and Peer Exchange Forum

Leadership, Governance and Planning

This one day Innovation and Peer Exchange Forum is an excellent opportunity for leaders in the community housing sector to focus on timely and relevant high level issues and themes. Keynote remarks will be made by CMHC President & CEO Evan Siddall.

More details to come!

Housing Course

Housing Policy Course

(Additional cost of $320)

This one-day course is designed as a primer for people who have recently moved into employment in the affordable housing sector and have the desire to develop a better understanding of the housing system and how it had evolved. It is the legacy of past events and policies that frame many of today’s challenges.

This course will examine and discuss the origins and characteristics of social housing programs and the legacy effects. It will review recent housing policy trends, challenges and opportunities.

Limited space available!

Housing Professionals Mentorship Program Networking Event

This half-day networking event will bring together past and present Housing Professionals Mentorship Program participants for discussion, debate, and idea-sharing. Participants will have the opportunity to attend Housing Partnership Canada’s Peer Exchange Forum in the afternoon.


Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Opening Ceremonies

Join fellow delegates as we officially kick off Congress 2020 with a greeting from an Indigenous Elder on whose lands we are hosting the Congress, and be welcomed by the President of CHRA, Kevin Albers.  Invited speakers include the Hon. Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development; the Hon. Paul Merriman, Minister responsible for the Saskatchewan Housing Corporation, His Worship Charlie Clark, Mayor of Saskatoon; and Jagmeet Singh, Leader of the federal NDP.


Concurrent Sessions

Details coming soon!

Mobile Tours

April 22-23

CHRA’s 2020 Congress will see 8 mobile tours produced in conjunction with our Local Host Committee and local organizations.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Keynote Breakfast

Nobel Peace Prize nominee Sheila Watt-Cloutier is in the business of transforming public opinion into public policy. Experienced in working with global decision-makers for more than a decade, Watt-Cloutier offers a new model for 21st century leadership. She speaks with passion and urgency on the issues of today — the environment, the economy, foreign policy, global health, and sustainability — not as separate concerns, but as a deeply interconnected whole. At a time when people are seeking solutions, direction, and a sense of hope, this global leader provides a big picture of where we are and where we’re headed.

Sheila Watt Cloutier

Concurrent Sessions

Details coming soon!

Annual General Meeting

All CHRA members are invited to attend the CHRA Annual General Meeting to learn about CHRA’s activities over the past year. Members will have the opportunity to vote on resolutions and meet your Board of Directors for 2020-2021. Voting cards can be picked up in advance at the registration desk.

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We acknowledge we are on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis. We are grateful to those on whose traditional territory the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association’s 2020 Congress will be hosted.