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Oct 09, 2018

 

"It was great to connect with someone more experienced in my field. The greatest takeaway was building contacts in the sector." HPMP 2018 participant

The Housing Professionals Mentorship Program connects experienced housing professionals with those who are ready to take the next step in their professional journey, or graduate students whose research is focused on housing or homelessness in Canada.

Sep 21, 2018

Canada has seen significant change and investment in social, non-profit, and affordable housing across in 2018. This report provides a snapshot of budgetary and related housing developments, including commitments made by provinces and territories in their 2018-2019 budgets, recent housing announcements and initiatives underway. Where possible, it offers a glimpse into anticipated housing policy developments in each jurisdiction.

Sep 12, 2018

The National Housing Strategy contained $500 million for the Federal Community Housing Initiative, a new rental subsidy program for community housing providers whose federally administered Operating Agreements expire between April 1, 2016 and March 31, 2027. This new program is being rolled out in two phases – the first phase will extend rental subsidies to 2020, while Phase 2 will extend subsidies until 2027. 

Based on a CMHC discussion paper and an in-person meeting with CMHC in July 2018, we wrote to the Minister responsible for CMHC, the Hon. Jean-Yves Duclos, to share our thoughts and concerns with several of the ideas proposed. 

Aug 15, 2018

We are seeking proposals for our 51st National Congress on Housing and Homelessness, from April 2 to 4, 2019 in Victoria, BC. The deadline to submit is October 28, 2018.
 
This event provides an exceptional opportunity to meet and exchange with a growing body of practitioners, policy makers, front-line workers, government officials and key stakeholders within the social, affordable, and non-profit housing sector. Congress convenes over 550 delegates and sector leaders from Canada and other countries for three days of learning and networking.
 
Each year the we develop a unique program with concurrent workshops, plenaries, mobile tours and keynotes to meet the educational needs and interests of our members and participants from across the affordable housing and homelessness community. At this time, we are inviting interested participants to submit proposals for concurrent sessions. 

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Aug 14, 2018

The Canadian Housing and Renewal Association joined other affordable housing, homelessness and anti-poverty representatives, including Leilani Farha, the UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing and the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness, to release an open letter to Prime Minister Trudeau signed by over 170 prominent organizations and individuals. It calls for the forthcoming right to housing legislation to be meaningful and to ensure that proper mechanisms are put in place to promote the right to housing for all people in Canada. The letter was released at a press conference on Parliament Hill on August 14, 2018.

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Aug 13, 2018

In response to the House of Commons Finance Committee’s annual call for recommendations to inform the federal government’s 2019 Budget, CHRA submitted a brief that included four specific recommendations: simplify and extend the Federal Community Housing Initiative; increase investment to build new affordable housing; expand the current Federal Lands Initiative to allow for acquisition of provincial or municipal lands for affordable housing; and develop and implement an Urban, Rural and Northern Indigenous Housing Strategy. CHRA will be seeking an in-person appearance before the Finance Committee this fall to discuss these and other ideas directly with the Committee.

Aug 02, 2018

Leaders in the affordable housing and homelessness sectors, come meet one-on-one with Members of Parliament and Senators, hear from leading housing policy experts and network with national housing decision-makers. As the last Housing on the Hill before the 2019 federal election, this is a prime opportunity to share your housing ideas with politicians and help inform electoral positions. Spaces are limited, register early to secure your participation.

Aug 01, 2018

A group of provincial non-profit housing associations and CHRA have come together to create a new Alliance, to be known as the Canadian Alliance of Non-Profit Housing Associations (CANPHA). The creation of CANPHA will build on efforts already underway to better represent the interests of the non-profit housing sector in Canada, align positions and share resources amongst constituent members.  

Jun 28, 2018

During Congress 2018 in April, CHRA once again hosted an International Forum for which a number of Canadian and international housing experts came together to discuss common issues in social and affordable housing.  

From that Forum, CHRA has produced a summary report providing an overview of the current state of housing – including broader market housing challenges, jurisdictional reflections, and homelessness – in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. 

Jun 21, 2018

At CHRA’s Annual General Meeting in April 2018, members unanimously passed a strongly worded resolution supporting the development of an Indigenous Housing Strategy for urban, rural and northern Indigenous Peoples. CHRA’s Resolution calls on the Government of Canada to develop a strategy that would set forth an objective of raising the standard of Indigenous housing to that of non-Indigenous Canadians within the next 10 years.

CHRA firmly believes that a robust Indigenous housing strategy should include recognition of the growing need for culturally connected and adequate housing for urban, rural and northern Indigenous Peoples, with a view of housing as an integral part of reconciliation. Housing forms the foundation for vibrant Indigenous communities and remains a positive determinant of health and mental wellbeing, education, early child development, and employment.

Jun 18, 2018

Calling on the federal government to address the housing needs of urban, rural and northern Indigenous families and individuals, including the disproportionate representation of Indigenous Peoples living in homelessness and core housing the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association and its Indigenous Housing Caucus Working Group released A For Indigenous, By Indigenous (FIBI) National Housing Strategy.

May 30, 2018

As the voice of the social, non-profit, and affordable housing sector in Canada, the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association (CHRA) was pleased to provide input to the federal government on the design of the legislated right to housing prior to the release of the National Housing Strategy (NHS) in November 2017. In meetings with senior government officials, CHRA advocated strongly for a rights-based approach within the NHS, and captured core characteristics of a rights based approach in a letter to Minister Duclos in September 2017. CHRA is pleased to continue the conversation with the federal government on a legislated right to housing approach through this submission, and through ongoing formal and informal engagement opportunities over the coming months.

Feb 27, 2018

In response to today's federal Budget, the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association (CHRA) today lamented the lack of a dedicated funding stream for the housing challenges facing Indigenous peoples living in urban and rural settings.  Furthermore, although CRHA continues to applaud the release of the National Housing Strategy by the Prime Minister in November 2017, CHRA had hoped that Budget 2018 would provide new information regarding the status and implementation of the programs announced as part of the National Housing Strategy. See CHRA's reaction here.

Jan 25, 2018

Registration for CHRA’s 50th National Congress on Housing and Homelessness taking place at the Delta Ottawa City Centre in Ottawa, Ontario is officially open!  Register before February 24, and you can access the early bird rates.  And as always, CHRA members in good standing receive significant discounts on Congress fees.    Register today and join the 50th Anniversary celebration at the CHRA National Congress on Housing and Homelessness!

Click here to visit the Congress 2018 Website!

Jan 04, 2018

Over the past few weeks, Statistics Canada has released new data from the 2016 census the demonstrate disturbing trends in the state of Indigenous housing and core housing need across Canada.  This data reinforces the need to focus on safe and affordable housing supply in the forthcoming National Housing Strategy.  See CHRA’s reaction to the census data here.

Dec 08, 2017

On December 8, CHRA held an online town hall to discuss the federal government’s National Housing Strategy for members. It featured a presentation by Michel Tremblay, Senior Vice President, Policy, Research and Public Affairs; and Debbie Stewart, Director, Housing Needs from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. The town hall allowed CHRA members to ask questions and make comments about the Strategy.

Nov 22, 2017

The federal government today unveiled Canada’s first ever National Housing Strategy, a historic plan which contains a series of policies and programs that puts the needs of Canada’s most vulnerable populations at its core. 

Read CHRA's response here.

Nov 01, 2017

CHRA and the Canadian Home Builders Association, with the support of Genworth Canada, have released a new research report prepared by Steve Pomeroy and Greg Lampert entitled “Examining the Dynamics of Canada’s Housing Tenure System:  Implications for a National Housing Strategy”.  This report examines the full housing spectrum, and looks at policy changes and how policy impacts housing along the spectrum.  A copy of the report can be found here. (note – the paper is only available in English).

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