We offer a limited number of partial bursaries to early career professionals and individuals with lived experience attending Congress to help offset travel and accommodation expenses. Discounted registration rates for Congress and Pre-Congress sessions are also available.

Selection will be made on a first-come, first-served basis, and will take into consideration geographic equity. Preference will also be given to those who have submitted a Call for Proposals for Congress 2019 and have been selected to speak.


Individuals selected for a bursary are required to register and pay to attend Congress at the discounted rate in order to be eligible, and are responsible for arranging their own travel and accommodation.

Note:  A limited number of bursaries are available. Bursary recipients from past years are welcome to re-apply, however subsidy rates vary for returning participants. 

  • First time bursary recipients will receive up to 75% of their return travel and $45 per night to help offset the cost of accommodation. 
  • Returning recipients will receive up to 50% of their return travel and $40 per night to help offset the cost of accommodation.
  • Bursary recipients from Victoria, BC are not eligible for travel and accommodation bursaries, and will rather be considered for a partial bursary to offset the cost of Congress at the below rates.

Discounted registration rates at Congress for early career professionals and individuals with lived experience*    


Pre-Congress & Congress (April 2-4)


Congress Only (April 3-4)


Pre-Congress Only (April 2)


Day Pass


*If you are registering for Congress a person with lived experience, contact Dominika Krzeminska [dkrzeminska@chra-achru.ca (613)594-3007 ext 10] for more information on how to register. 

How to apply for a bursary

Due to demand, applications for bursaries are now closed. If you would like to be put on the waitlist for bursaries email Dominika Krzeminska dkrzeminska@chra-achru.ca

Submission Deadline: Ongoing. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. A limited number of bursaries are available, and will be offered until all funds have been allocated.

Eligibility: To be eligible for the Early Career Professional Bursary you must be working in the housing/homelessness sector and be 30 years of age or under at the time of application, or a full-time student of any age whose studies have a housing or homelessness focus. For the Lived Experience Bursaryapplicants may be currently or formerly homeless; while those working for an organization that work directly with those with lived experience may also be considered.

Note: You may apply for only one bursary; either the Early Career Professionals Bursary OR the Lived Experience Bursary.


*CHRA 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.

Thank you to our sponsors



We are grateful to the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations, on whose traditional territory the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association’s 2019 Congress will be hosted. 

Translation support for Congress 2019 has been provided by the Government of Canada.

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