Congress 2021_Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals

The Canadian Housing and Renewal Association (CHRA) is seeking proposals for the 53rd National Congress on Housing and Homelessness in St. John's Newfoundland and Labrador from April 27 to 29, 2021.

The deadline to submit proposals is November 13, 2020, by 11:59 PM EDT.

About the Congress

CHRA's Congress on Housing and Homelessness unites leaders and professionals from across the housing and homelessness sector to meet and exchange learnings and ideas.

The CHRA Congress gathers over 600 practitioners, policy makers, front-line workers, government officials and key stakeholders from Canada and abroad for three days of learning and networking opportunities.

Each year we develop a unique program of concurrent workshops, plenary sessions, mobile tours and keynotes to meet the educational needs and interests of our delegates.

About the Call for Proposals

We invite you to submit proposals for our concurrent sessions! Sessions usually take place during a 1.5-hour time slot with one or more speakers.

We want your suggestions on innovative and engaging session formats; these can be traditional conference session formats or more creative formats such as "The Solution Room" and "Lightning Talks" among others.

* The final workshop format and number of panelists will be determined at CHRA’s discretion. In order to develop a high-quality Congress program, CHRA will put presentations together into sessions with similar themes. We may ask applicants to make adjustments to accommodate other presentations. We reserve the right to edit session and presentation descriptions and limit the number of presenters.

Call for Proposals will be used to program CHRA's main Congress, Innovation Forum, and Indigenous Caucus events. 

We are inviting proposal submissions on a range of topics, including, but not limited to the following areas

  • COVID-19
  • Neighbourhood Renewal/Redevelopment
  • Right to Housing
  • Indigenous Housing
  • Asset Management
  • Financing Models
  • Social Enterprise Models
  • Affordable Homeownership
  • Supportive Housing
  • Mental Health, Substance Use Disorders & Housing
  • Housing and Health
  • Green/Sustainable Initiatives
  • Tenant Initiatives
  • Women’s Housing
  • Poverty Reduction and Housing
  • Newcomer Housing
  • Seniors Housing
  • Northern Housing
  • Policy (eg. New Prov./Municipal Initiatives)
  • Housing Related Research
  • National/International Initiatives
  • Leadership, Planning & Governance
  • Sector Capacity & Growth
  • New Development of Affordable Housing
  • Partnerships
  • Rural Housing and Homelessness
  • Homelessness Initiatives

How to Submit a Proposal

Fill out this form. Successful applicants will be notified in December

Please Note

CHRA will be making a decision by the end of 2020 regarding whether Congress 2021 will take place in-person or virtually. Depending on that decision, there may be changes to approved sessions in regards to format, numbers, and timing.

Sessions will be offered in English. Sessions may also be offered in French with simultaneous translation available for speakers, moderators and delegates in at least one of the concurrent session rooms.

CHRA retains final approval of all session content, format and speakers. Due to the high number of anticipated proposals, CHRA cannot guarantee acceptance of all submissions.

Selected speakers and moderators are responsible for their own travel and accommodation. CHRA will cover the cost of registration for the day you are speaking if selected (equivalent to the cost of a Congress day-pass).Please note the presenter rate is limited to only one presenter per organization per workshop session.

A limited number of bursaries will be available for Early Career Professionals and for persons with lived experience. More details will be made available in early fall.


Please contact Dominika Krzeminska, Director, Programs & Strategic Initiatives at or by phone at 613-594-3007 ext. 10.