CMHC has traditionally seen itself as being responsible for helping Canadians meet their housing needs. We’ve recently adopted a more ambitious goal: by 2030, everyone in Canada has a home that they can afford and that meets their needs.
Reaching this goal won’t be an easy task. That’s why, under the National Housing Strategy (NHS), we’ve included initiatives to encourage innovative housing solutions and housing research.
One of these initiatives is the NHS Research and Planning Fund. This fund provides support to not-for-profit organizations, registered charities, Indigenous governments and Indigenous organizations undertaking housing research.
Supporting expertise to quickly overcome housing challenges
The research undertaken by Research and Planning Fund applicants must be aligned with the NHS’ priority areas or focus on 1 or more of the NHS’ priority populations. The Fund totals $6.6 million, with $750,000 available for 2019 (up to $250,000 available per project).
The objectives of the Fund are to:
- build collaboration, engagement and alignment with stakeholders working to achieve common goals
- support the development of the housing community’s research capacity
This stakeholder-focused funding opportunity helps promote interest and involvement in housing research outside of government:
- It supports data development.
- It cultivates and supports highly focused expertise to rapidly overcome challenges.
- It develops solutions that improve affordable housing for communities across Canada.
Here’s a brief list of the types of projects available for grants from the NHS Research and Planning Fund:
- Funding support for individual research projects (up to $100,000)
- Funding support for a “program of research” (up to $250,000)
- Funding support for planning activities designed to identify research priorities or lay the groundwork for research (up to $50,000)
- Funding for a knowledge mobilization project (up to $50,000)
Housing solutions for everyone in Canada
New, more and better housing solutions are necessary to support access to housing that everyone in Canada can afford and that meets everyone’s needs. Research supported by the Research and Planning Fund will help enhance the expertise needed to develop these solutions.