Under the National Housing Strategy (NHS), we have a number of programs to support innovative solutions to housing problems. One of these programs is the CMHC Housing Research Awards program.
The Housing Research Awards Program recognizes world-class housing research being conducted in Canada and provides funding for research teams to promote and expand their work. Enhancing expertise and capacity in the housing sector, there are 4 monetary awards given out each year:
- The CMHC President’s Medal for Outstanding Housing Research ($20,000)
- The Gold Roof Award for Housing Research Excellence ($10,000)
- The Gold Roof Award for Knowledge to Action ($10,000)
- The North Star Travel Award for Northern or Remote Research (Two or more awards of up to $5,000 each)
With these awards, we aim to make great, useful research more visible. We also want to ensure that this research gets to the right people, who can then put it into practice. The overall goal: to enhance expertise and capacity in Canada’s housing sector.
Some successes from 2018
Among the recipients of last year’s Awards was a project entitled ‘Understanding Rental Housing in a Smaller Community’. The research team, guided by Dr. Catherine Leviten-Reid of Cape Breton University, analyzed housing insecurity in Cape Breton. While this research was done locally, it revealed some key contributors to housing insecurity in rural and smaller urban centres.
Because similar conditions exist elsewhere in Canada, these findings and solutions are applicable to other communities in Canada. As a result, the awards funding will be used to apply this methodology to 4 other communities to improve their local housing conditions.
Giving more Canadians a place to call home
Through this NHS initiative, we’re committed to supporting research on housing needs and conditions. The overall objective: to help more Canadians access housing that they can afford and that meets their needs.