Call for proposals | Congress 2019

Victoria Conference Centre 
720 Douglas Street
Victoria, BC V8W 3M7

The Canadian Housing and Renewal Association (CHRA) is seeking proposals for the 51st National Congress on Housing and Homelessness, taking place April 2 to April 4 2019 in Victoria, British Columbia. The deadline to submit is October 28, 2018.

About the Congress

CHRA's Congress on Housing and Homelessness provides an exceptional opportunity to meet collectively and exchange learnings and ideas from a growing Canadian and international body of practitioners, policy makers, front-line workers, government officials and key stakeholders within our sector.

CHRA’s Congress annually convenes over 550 delegates and sector leaders from Canada and other countries for three days of learning and networking opportunities.

Each year we develop a unique program of concurrent workshops, plenary and learning sessions, mobile tours and keynotes to meet the educational needs and interests of our members and participants from across the affordable housing and homelessness community.

About the Call for Proposals

We are inviting interested participants to submit proposals for our concurrent sessions.

These sessions usually take place during a 1.5-hour time slot, and consist of one or more speakers on a thematic, policy or programmatic area of specialization.

We are looking to you for suggestions on innovative and engaging session formats that will best share your presented information with participants; these can be traditional conference session formats or more creative formats such as "The Solution Room" and "Lightning Talks" among others. 

Speakers who are unable to attend in person are still encouraged to submit proposals, as for select sessions there will be the capacity to utilize video conferencing. Please indicate in the audio visual needs section of the call for proposal application if you plan on presenting remotely. 

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

This Call for Proposals can be used to program CHRA's main Congress, Innovation Forum, and Indigenous Caucus. Early Career Professionals are welcome to apply on this call. 

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

  • Neighbourhood Renewal/Redevelopment
  • National Housing Strategy
  • Right to Housing
  • Indigenous Housing
  • Community Capacity Building                     
  • Asset Management                                      
  • Financing Models                                         
  • Leveraging Capital/Assets                           
  • Social Enterprise Models                              
  • Affordable Housing                                        
  • Homeownership                                             
  • Rental Housing                                              
  • Supportive Housing                                      
  • Mental Health/Addictions & Housing
  • Housing and Health
  • Green/Sustainable 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
  • Operations Management
  • Creating successes through partnerships
  • Small/Rural Communities
  • Post-EOA Transition
  • Homelessness 

How to Submit a Proposal

The call for proposals is now closed.

Submission Deadline: October 28, 2018. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by early December

Please Note

Sessions will be offered in either English or bilingually, 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.

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