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Fundamentals of Housing Policy and Governance
Town Hall - Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation

National Housing Strategy – One year in.

Date: April 2, 2019
Innovation Forum 2019 is a unique opportunity for the community housing sector to learn about developments associated with Canada’s first ever National Housing Strategy first announced in November 2017. Sessions have been designed to provide attendees with information and guidance on ways that they can directly benefit from the programs and initiatives contained in the NHS after its first year of implementation.

8:30 a.m. - 8:50 a.m. | Opening Remarks

Luke Harrison, Vice President, Business Development, Horizon North
Carol Frketich, Regional Manager, Affordable Housing Client Solutions Management, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

8:50 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. | Technical Resource Centre 

During the development of the National Housing Strategy, one of CHRA’s recommendations was to create a new Technical Resource Centre, an organization that would provide both technical assistance and financial resources to community housing providers who were exploring new and more efficient business models. The National Housing Strategy confirmed the creation of this new Centre. This session will provide an update on the development of the new Technical Resource Centre, and an overview of the services and offerings that it will provide to community housing providers once it is fully operational.

Tim Ross, Executive Director, Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada

9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. | Federation of Canadian Municipalities' Green Municipal Fund: an update

Dallas Alderson, Manager, Policy and Research | Policy and Public Affairs, Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)

10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. | BREAK

10:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | National Housing Co-Investment Fund

The National Housing Strategy announced the creation of a new $15.9-billion National Housing Co-Investment Fund, which is expected to create up to 60,000 new housing units, and repair up to 240,000 units of existing housing. The fund was launched in spring 2018, and the first round of successful applicants was announced earlier this year. This session will present an update on the status of the Fund, lessons learned thus far from applicants, guidance for those who plan to apply, and thoughts from housing providers who have opted out of applying to the Fund for their projects.

Lance Jakubec, Affordable Housing Specialist, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)
Kaela Schramm, Director of Projects and Planning, M’akola Development Services
Greg Dewling, CEO, Capital Region Housing
Ami Patel, Chief Financial Officer and Director of Finance, Windsor Essex Community Housing Corporation

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. | LUNCH

1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Reaching Home: Canada's Homelessness Strategy

Announced in 2018, Reaching Home is the successor program to the previous Homelessness Partnering Strategy. Reaching Home is designed to support the goals of the National Housing Strategy, in particular, to support the most vulnerable Canadians in maintaining safe, stable and affordable housing and to reduce chronic homelessness nationally by 50% over the next ten years. This session will provide an update on the new strategy and how it relates to the NHS.

Natasha Lenzo, Senior Policy Analyst, Community Development and Homelessness Partnerships Directorate, Employment and Social Development Canada

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. | Operating Subsidy Extensions: Canada Community Housing Initiative

The end of Operating Agreements has been a pressing issue for housing providers across the country. One of two initiatives announced through the National Housing Strategy aimed at ensuring that Canada’s existing community housing stock remains affordable, was the Canada Community Housing Initiative. This session will hear from the experiences of a province and territory with this initiative and other approaches to ensuring continued affordability.

The Hon. Alfred Moses, Minister Responsible for the Northwest Territories Housing Corporation
Erin Harron, Senior Manager Program Planning, BC Housing
Malachy Tohill, Regional Director, BC Housing

2:30 - 3:00 p.m. | Research Programs and Federal Lands Initiative: an update

Elizabeth Tang, Knowledge Mobilization Consultant, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)
Lance Jakubec, Affordable Housing Specialist, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)

3:00 p.m. | Concluding Remarks

CHRA Executive Director Jeff Morrison will provide brief remarks to close the day, indicating CHRA’s key priorities with respect to future advocacy priorities with regard to the National Housing Strategy.

Innovation Forum 2019 is sponsored by Canada Housing and Mortgage Corporation and Horizon North. 

Indigenous Housing Caucus Day

Date: April 2, 2019

This annual collaborative forum is for anyone with an interest in urban, rural, and northern Indigenous housing. Caucus Day is attended by over 150 delegates from across Canada, ranging from social and non-profit Indigenous housing organisations, local homelessness service providers and regional homelessness coordinators, representatives of all orders of government, and private sector actors in academia and business. 

Be part of the conversation. Interactive sessions are geared towards developing priorities and recommendations to advance a national urban, rural, and northern Indigenous housing strategy, and Open Space networking to discuss and share challenges, experiences, and knowledge in building sustainable and meaningful long-term solutions for Indigenous housing. Delegates can expect a day of interactive discussion alongside other Indigenous housing stakeholders and service providers in developing communication and policy advice to Canada.


Mayor Lisa Helps, City of Victoria
What is Reconciliation in action? The City of Victoria is committed to reconciliation with Canada’s Indigenous Peoples. To that end the City has embarked on a Witness Reconciliation Program, reflecting the City’s willingness to work in diverse ways through an agile and evolving process to make the culture, history, and modern reality of local Indigenous Peoples present and apparent throughout the city, and valued in residents' everyday lives. 

Stéphan Corriveau, President, CHRA
Read Stéphan's speech here (PDF). 


Dr. Gwendolyn Point
How can we best change the policies and structures that keep Indigenous Peoples on the margins?

As a former Chancellor for the University of the Fraser Valley, Dr. Point has dedicated her career to creating opportunities for students to learn and grow, particularly for Aboriginal students through leading and mentoring those in pursuit of higher education.
She is a well-respected Stó:lō leader, mentor, and cultural advisor. Throughout her career, she has contributed her deep cultural knowledge and experience to numerous publications and has been recognized with several honours, including Honourary Witness by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. She is currently a Patron of the First Nation House at the University of Victoria.


Mapping our Journey
The Indigenous Caucus Working Group reflects on the activities and achievements over the last several years and sets the stage for interactive discussions on key issues and initiatives for the coming year. Focus will be placed on preliminary findings from the research grant CHRA Indigenous Caucus received to identify issues – such as expiry of operating agreements, waitlists, and housing management – most prevalently affecting urban, rural, and northern Indigenous housing service providers.

A Year in Review: CHRA Indigenous Caucus 
Robert Byers, Chair, CHRA Indigenous Caucus

Mapping our Journey: A National Urban, Rural, and Northern Indigenous Housing Strategy
Marc Maracle, General Manager, Gignul Non-Profit Housing Corporation

Preliminary Report on Urban, Rural, and Northern Indigenous Housing Research
Dan Brant and Catherine Irwin-Gibson, consultants, Dan Brant & Associates

Open Space Networking 
This session is intended to generate communication and collaboration, bringing delegates together share ideas and develop solutions to the various challenges and emerging issues faced as homelessness and housing services providers for Indigenous Peoples.  Delegates get involved in simultaneous mini-discussions based around a theme or an issue. Using the knowledge and input from a diverse group of people and different ways of approaching a challenge helps bring new energy and commitment to addressing community and housing. 







Looking to get acquainted with CHRA’s Indigenous Caucus? Find out more about what we do throughout the year or read about Caucus Day 2018. You can also subscribe to the Indigenous Quarterly newsletter. 


Fundamentals of Housing Policy and Governance

The Fundamental of Housing Policy and Governance course is sold-out. 

Fundamentals of Housing Policy and Governance: Past, Present and Future

Date: April 2, 2019

This one-day course is designed as a primer for people that have recently moved into employment in the affordable housing sector and wish to develop a better understanding of the housing system and how it has evolved. It is the legacy of past events and policies that frame many of the challenges today.

This course will examine and discuss the origins and characteristics of social housing programs and the legacy effects these now create. It will review recent housing policy trends and the challenges, and opportunities these have added. Finally, it will discuss the new National Housing Strategy and how to take advantage of emerging opportunities.  
Instructor: Steve Pomeroy, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Urban Research and Education, Carleton University and Principal, Focus Consulting Inc.

Town Hall
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

CMHC CEO Evan Siddall  CMHC Board Director

Date: April 2, 2019

At this town hall discussion, delegates will have a unique opportunity to pose questions and comments directly to the top leadership of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. This completely unscripted event will feature CMHC President & CEO Evan Siddall and CMHC Board Director Janice Abbott responding to questions and comments from the floor. Don’t miss this opportunity to share your thoughts directly with key decision makers at CMHC!

This 90-minute session takes place on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at 3:30 pm (PST) and will be open to all Pre-Congress and Congress delegates.


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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