CHRA currently offers a number of programs specifically aimed at supporting Early Career Professionals though opportunities to learn, engage, network and present their research to the national housing community.

Early Career Professionals are individuals who are working in the housing and homelessness sector and are 30 years of age or under, or full-time students of any age whose studies have a housing or homelessness focus.


The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Canada, Canadian Housing and Renewal Association (CHRA), and Housing Partnership Canada (HPC) introduced the Housing Professionals Mentorship (HPM) Program in 2018.

This program is designed to connect experienced housing professionals with those who are ready to take the next step (including CHRA Early Career Professionals) in their professional journey, or graduate students whose research is focused on housing or homelessness in Canada. The goals of the Housing Professional s Mentorship Program include: the building of strategic networks, enhancing leadership competencies, and sector capacity growth, among others.  As with all mentorship relationships, there is value for both mentees and mentors.

Applications for 2020 now closed. Click here for more information.


Early Career Professionals at CHRA's Congress 2020

Early Career Professionals are invited to CHRA's National Congress on Housing and Homelessness taking place in Saskatoon, SK April 21-23 2020, at a discounted rate. For more information about rates, bursaries, and programming, visit the Congress page.

Housing Leaders Challenge: Managing Change from the Ground Up

During the 2017 CHRA Congress Innovation Forum, a panel of Canada's early career professionals made good on a 'Housing Leaders Challenge' that drew upon their experiences in housing related research, business, partnerships and front line service delivery. Panelists addressed evolving issues in their respective fields, the implications of affordable housing to the 'millennial' generation, and challenged issues of workplace change, sector capacity growth and career development.

Fundamentals of Housing Policy & Governance

This condensed, one-day course is designed to build professional development through a comprehensive overview of Canadian housing policies, programs and institutional operations. Topics include housing policy as related to urban, social and economic outcomes, housing markets, housing need, and the changing role of governments in the delivery of Canadian housing policy.

Taught by Steve Pomeroy, President, Focus Consulting Inc., this course is open to all CHRA delegates, though Early Career Professionals can take part, either independently or through work, as a significant investment in their learning and development.


CHRA welcomes Early Career Professionals to join our national network of housing sector organizations, and to receive membership benefit in return, such as access to our monthly newsletter, webinars, special events, programs and Congress savings.

For more information on joining CHRA.

CHRA continues to explore new ways to collaborate and expand our Early Career Professionals program that will increase opportunities for participation and engagement.

For more information contact:
Dominika Krzeminska, Director, Programs & Strategic Initiatives | 613.594.3007 ext. 10