- Final Report: Community Housing for Resilient Communities
- 2018 Affordable Housing Budget Expenditure Highlights in Canada
- Congress Session Series 2018
- Examining the dynamics of Canada’s housing tenure system: implications for a national housing strateg (2017)
- Congress Session Series 2017
- Congress Session Series 2016
- Congress Session Series 2015
- Congress Session Series 2014
- Congress Session Series 2013
- 2012 EOA Simplified Assessment Tool
Congress 2019 - Research Papers and Briefs
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.
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
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.
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.
The Community Land Trust movement is picking up speed in Canada and brings into focus a collective vision for community land stewardship.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The first study looks at affordable housing providers that have been early adopters of measures that contribute to developing more sustainable communities.
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.
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.
The fourth study identifies strategies for addressing community resistance to new builds, particularly through the addition of affordable, supportive and infill housing.
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.
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.
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.
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.