The CMHC Housing Research Awards support research teams and recognize activities that are impactful and innovative in Canadian housing. The awards are designed to build on and sustain Canada’s research-based knowledge culture across all fields related to housing.
In its fourth year, the competition is now open to receive your application. If your work is selected you can be rewarded up to $20,000.
There are four research categories:
- CMHC President’s Medal for Outstanding Housing Research ($20,000)
Recognizes a significant research contribution that helps us achieve our aspiration to make housing affordable for everyone in Canada.
- Gold Roof Award for Housing Research Excellence ($10,000)
Recognizes a significant research contribution that has increased knowledge or understanding in one of the National Housing Strategy’s priority areas.
- Gold Roof Award for Knowledge to Action ($10,000)
Recognizes initiatives that close the gap between what is known from excellent research and what is done with that knowledge in the housing sector.
- North Star Award for Northern or Remote Research (2 or more up to $5,000)
Allows people doing housing research or fieldwork to undertake engagement and consultations activities (including travel) in Northern or remote areas of Canada.
Each year there is a theme for the President’s Medal for Outstanding Research and this year it’s racialized groups and housing in Canada. Racialized groups and communities in Canada face disproportionate and adverse housing outcomes. The theme seeks to highlight research that betters our understanding of the unique housing challenges facing racialized groups in Canada.
Award recipients have their work promoted on the CMHC website to inspire others. You can see past winners on our project profile page. The topics include:
- eliminating homelessness for LGBTQ2S youth and young adults
- a step by step guide to estimating rural homelessness
- transit-oriented affordable housing
There is also an award ceremony to honour the recipients.
The President’s Medal and the Gold Roof Award application window closes July 14, 2021 at 2pm (ET).
The North Star Award for Northern and Remote Research application window closes on September 14, 2021, 2pm (ET)