Congress Session Series 2020

A research paper, and three summary briefs have been developed based on workshop Congress 2020 Virtual Webinar Series that took place due to the cancellation of Congress in Saskatoon, SK with thanks to the generous support and contribution of BC Housing.

Non-Market Housing Development (PDF)
Leigh Bursey, Chartered Housing Professional, Executive Director, Tiny Home Alliance Canada, Director, Brockville Streetfriends & National, Alliance to End Rural and Remote Homelessness

A research summary on the workshop session: "Non-Market Housing Development: Aligning Resources, Creating Partnerships and Maximizing Social Outcomes." The session explores effective examples of aligning government resources to build capacity in the non-market housing sector, non-profit housing partnerships and maximizing social outcomes in the development process.

This is a webinar summary of the webinar: " The effect of the Pandemic on Indigenous Housing and Services". This wide-ranging discussion provides an overview of issues that have arisen due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the policy, program, and administrative responses by Indigenous serving and Indigenous- led organizations.

Transitional Housing for Youth (PDF)
Brandon Labbey-Krejci, Housing Services Manager, M’akola Housing Society

A research summary on the workshop session: “Transitional Housing for Youth” sponsored by A Way Home Canada. Learn about work being done in Toronto and Saskatoon to create scalable successes in youth housing.

Affordable Homeownership Models (PDF)
Roxane Geubue, Senior Analyst Multi-Unit Underwriter, Canada Mortgage Housing Corporation

A research summary on the workshop session: "Affordable Homeownership Models - Shared Equity Mortgages, Partnerships, Community Land Trusts", sponsored by the Canadian Real Estate Association. The session explored examples of affordable homeownership models and practices being used across Canada.

Congress Session Series 2019

A research paper, and three summary briefs have been developed based on workshop sessions held at Congress 2019 in Victoria, BC with thanks to the generous support and contribution of BC Housing.

Beyond a Duty to Consult: Best Practices and Case Studies from the Front Line of Canadian Indigenous Partnerships (PDF)
Hannah Brais, Research Coordinator, Old Brewery Mission

A research summary on the workshop session: “Partnerships that work: Indigenous communities, Industry, and Affordable Housing Providers”. Learn what makes a partnership successful between Indigenous communities, governments, industry, and non-profit organizations.

Impact Investing for Affordable Housing Projects (PDF)
Adrienne Pacini, MDes, APF, Principal, Strategic Design, SHS Consulting

A session brief which summarizes the workshop session ‘Impact Investing for Affordable Housing Projects’. It explores innovative approaches to financing moderate to middle-income affordable housing projects.

Architectural Co-Design (PDF)
Jessica Hayes, MCRP, Housing Planner, Metro Vancouver

Showcases Architectural Best Practices in Indigenous Housing Co-design both in urban communities and with First Nations. Learn how engagement and architectural co-design with Indigenous people is evolving toward more sensitive approaches and culturally appropriate and environmentally sustainable housing designs.

Housing in the North (PDF)
Amanda-Rose Bourget, Affordable Housing Program Coordinator, Brandon Neighborhood Renewal Corporation

Often northern housing is characterized by stories from a deficit-based perspective. The session highlighted how partnership and collaboration with governments, local non-governmental organizations, private industry, and Indigenous groups are driving innovation and made-in-the-North solutions to housing challenges.


Community Housing for Resilient Communities

Final Report: Community Housing for Resilient Communities
By Jessica W. Chen, Wabi Sabi Planning Laboratories
A project to showcase community organizing and housing innovation for social inclusion in British Columbia and Quebec in the context of urban land development

2018 Affordable Housing Budget Expenditure Highlights in Canada

2018 has seen a significant amount of change and investment in social, non-profit, and affordable housing across the country. In the context of a dynamic and changing housing policy framework across the country, the 2018 Affordable Housing Budget Expenditure Highlights in Canada report examines the commitments made by provinces and territories in their respective 2018-2019 budgets and highlights recent housing announcements and initiatives underway within specific provinces and territories.

Congress Session Series 2018

A research paper, three summary briefs, and an infographic have been developed based on workshop sessions held at Congress 2018 in Ottawa, ON, with thanks to the generous support and contribution of BC Housing.

Financing, Land and Organizational Capacity: Affordable Housing Development
Ayda Agha & Konrad Czechowski 
By exploring innovative strategies, housing providers and non-profit organizations are implementing new solutions to address challenges and barriers in affordable housing development and management.
Perpetual Affordability and Community Control of the Land
Ayda Agha
The Community Land Trust movement is picking up speed in Canada and brings into focus a collective vision for community land stewardship.
Life of Tenants Beyond Housing
Konrad Czechowski
A home is built on more than just housing. Successful community-building approaches foster sense of belonging among tenants to reduce isolation often faced by vulnerable persons.
Growing the Sector: Recruitment and Retention of the Next Generation of Leaders
Konrad Czechowski & Ayda Agha
What do leaders look like today and what will they look like in the future? Housing organisations look to future-proof themselves by identifying the new core competencies needed to support innovation.
Konrad Czechowski & Ayda Agha
How are housing organisations responding to new opportunities and responsibilities in the changing operating environment

Examining the dynamics of Canada’s housing tenure system: implications for a national housing strategy

A Background Working Paper: Examining the dynamics of Canada’s housing tenure system: implications for a national housing strategy
Steve Pomeroy (Focus Consulting Inc.) and Greg Lampert

This publication was prepared for the Canadian Home Builders’ Association and the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association with support from Genworth Canada. The analysis and conclusions are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views and opinions of either association or funders of the research.

Congress Session Series 2017

Four summary papers have been developed based on workshop sessions held at Congress 2017 in Halifax, NS, thanks to the generous support and contribution of BC Housing.
Examining the current and international context of Canada’s housing situation to understand the opportunities which exist, including new opportunites for rental housing financing. With contributions from real estate developers, social planning councils, and the CMHC.
Positioning the Affordable Housing Sector to Deliver Long-term Solutions featured a discussion about policies, tools and programs underway that are working to position the affordable housing sector to deliver long-term solutions.
This paper will focus on critical dialogue on the role of affordable homeownership from the perspectives of builders, financial lenders, and non-profit housing providers.
This paper considers various processes of establishing a housing collaborative, gathering key stakeholders, forming partnerships, funding models, capacity, internal operations and efficiency issues – and the potential impacts of scaling collaboratives on the sustainability of the housing sector.

Congress Sessions Series 2016

Four summary papers have been developed based on workshop sessions held at Congress 2016 in Montreal, QC, thanks to the generous support and contribution of BC Housing.

Kyle Wiebe
Showcasing five unique partnerships from across Canada and in Paris, France, this paper highlights how land use planning, multi-agency and inter-governmental partnerships, cultural consultation, strategic financing and transit oriented development have been used to deliver affordable and supportive housing in the face of political, economic and social barriers.
Kyle Wiebe
This paper examines the requirements to acquire and maintain a non-profit organizations tax exempt status, and looks at the practical questions and concerns when considering revenue diversification – as well as a review of pathways to possibilities for tax policy changes.
Responding to Homelessness Needs Through Housing (PDF)
Learn about successful approaches taking place in Montreal, St. John’s and Ottawa in supportive housing and homelessness prevention, focused on access to stable housing through broad housing sector engagement, a multi-organizational approach to Housing First, and strong on-site supports respectively.
Kyle Wiebe
Beginning with an overview of recent research exploring current and future competency needs within the sector, this paper goes on to highlight Canadian and international best-practices in organizational leadership capacity, and how to manage Board/CEO relationships.

Congress Sessions Series 2015

The following papers are based on six workshops presented at CHRA’s Congress 2015 in Winnipeg, MB, and have been developed with the generous support of BC Housing.

Holly Ervick-Knote
This workshop focused on the how and why of measuring the social impact of investment in affordable housing from three perspectives: a housing provider, a provincial government agency and a financial institution.
Kyle Wiebe
Highlighting the work of three organizations respectively in Abbotsford, BC, Winnipeg, MB and Toronto, ON this paper showcases affordable homeownership strategies, including programs for off-reserve First Nations, partnerships addressing limited land use, and unique design principles.
Kyle Wiebe
This paper examines the relationship between homelessness and youth aging out the child welfare system, as well as street-level agency impacts and responsive program design, and the debate for systematic change in addressing policy, awareness and input on youth homelessness.
Kyle Wiebe
This session highlights two unique approaches, one by a social enterprise, the other by a non-profit housing provider, utilizing a variety of methods to improve energy efficient retrofits resulting in lower operating costs and increased affordability.
Holly Ervick-Knote
Two initiatives, one situated in Fresno, California, U.S., the other in Saskatoon, SK, provide powerful proven demonstrations of how associations, institutions and residents are collaborating at the local level towards the development of affordable housing and social cohesion.
Holly Ervick-Knote
Using an interactive map to present rental housing data for communities across Canada, the Rental Housing Index, designed and developed by the BC Non-Profit Housing Association in partnership with Vancity Credit Union, is a one of a kind tool created to fill a gap in community rental market information.

Congress Sessions Series 2014

Six workshop topics, originally presented at CHRA’s 2014 Congress in Edmonton, AB have been developed into case studies. Thank you to BC Housing for providing the funding that made this possible.  

Geoff Gillard
The first study looks at affordable housing providers that have been early adopters of measures that contribute to developing more sustainable communities.
Enabling Safe and Inclusive Communities Through Housing (PDF)
The second published session highlights three projects where housing is the catalyst for urban inner-city neighbourhood regeneration: the preservation of Vancouver’s Downtown East Side for low-income residents, plans for a new Edmonton community built on the site of a decommissioned airport, and the renewal of a downtown Winnipeg neighbourhood.
Geoff Gillard
The third featured session examines three recent Canadian disasters that significantly affected affordable housing properties and tenants. It presents lessons learned from the 2013 Southern Alberta floods, the 2011 Slave Lake forest fires, and the 2010 building fire of a large Toronto Community Housing Property.
Geoff Gillard
The fourth study identifies strategies for addressing community resistance to new builds, particularly through the addition of affordable, supportive and infill housing.
Municipal Approaches to Preserving and Growing Affordable Rental Housing in Mid-Sized Communicities (PDF)
This case study highlights the approaches taken by the City of Fort St. John, British Columbia and the City of Fredericton, New Brunswick, in addressing the affordable rental housing needs of their respective communities along with the impacts and outcomes.
Shared Equity Approaches to Affordable Homeownership (PDF)
The final paper focuses on three different affordable homeownership programs each in Calgary, AB, Duluth, Minnesota, USA and Vancouver, BC that have utilized a shared equity approach to homeownership.

Congress Sessions Series 2013

Canada’s three northern territories occupy 40% of Canada’s land mass, but are home to roughly 100,000 residents in 83 separate communities. Housing is far more expensive to deliver in the North and critical pieces of the traditional housing continuum available to the rest of Canada are absent.
Summary of three social housing projects that have undergone substantive transformations in recent years, with considerable improvements in community safety, social cohesion and other social and economic outcomes.
Geoff Gillard
Using brief case studies, this paper focuses on the critical role affordable housing plays in supporting the economic, social and civic success of immigrant newcomers to Canada.
Geoff Gillard
Highlighting the roles different forms of social finance have played in the development of three affordable housing communities in Canada, and identifying best practices and lessons learned for social housing providers.
Addressing some of the challenges and opportunities as Operating Agreements begin to expire and the different approach by Aboriginal housing providers.

2012 EOA Simplified Assessment Tool

The tool is designed to analyze single projects, and allows small providers to undertake two types of assessments: (a) determining project viability; and (b) examining capital reserve adequacy.
The Simple Assessment Tool provides the first step in helping social housing providers to identify the challenges they may face post-expiry of federal operating agreements, and is accompanied by the companion document Addressing the Expiring Subsidy Challenge, providing more information on various options your organization can explore based on the outcomes.