The application process for Northern Access: the third round of the Housing Supply Challenge will open in January 2022.
If selected, you will share a pool of up to $80M to implement your solution!
The Housing Supply Challenge is working to address barriers to housing supply. We are encouraging the following types of organizations to apply for the Northern Access Round:
- For-profit and not-for-profit organizations
- Indigenous governments, organizations and groups
- Canadian post-secondary institutions
- Provincial, territorial, municipal, local and regional governments
What is the Northern Access round?
The Northern Access round of the Housing Supply Challenge will fund supply chain solutions for northern and remote regions.
Northern and remote regions have the most urgent housing need in Canada. This is exacerbated by the:
- high costs for transporting materials
- high risk of investment
- long timelines required for maintaining and building housing supply
Current housing supply is at risk of rapid deterioration. The creation of new supply is constrained by multiple factors. The main factors include the time, risk and cost to access the necessary resources and materials to maintain and build appropriate housing.
A wide range of solutions that will improve efficient and affordable access to materials and resources in northern and remote regions are relevant to this round, including:
- transportation and logistical solutions that improve access to building materials and resources
- solutions to increase accessibility to fly in fly out communities
- solutions to improve the feasibility of climate adaptation and culturally-appropriate techniques
- capacity and training solutions that address the high cost and limited access to skilled workers
- technology solutions that improve or expand existing infrastructure
- innovative approaches to materials, including development, shipping, and/or storing
- alternative methods for financing land development and construction
Significant investments are required to offset the costs and risks of developing solutions for northern and remote regions when compared to southern and rural areas. Selected applicants will be eligible for a pool of up to $80 million to implement their solutions.
Supply chain solutions must be locally-relevant as northern and remote regions have unique and distinct needs. Different supply chain barriers exist in different communities. Each northern and remote community has unique considerations that include:
Note: The Housing Supply Challenge targets housing supply and affordability barriers that exist at the system level, ensuring we can build more units in the future. It doesn’t directly fund the construction of new units
Definition of “Northern”
The Northern regions include the:
- Northwest Territories
- Inuit Nunangat (Nunavik, Nunatsiavut, Inuvialuit settlement region)
- Northern regions of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador
This round will be inclusive of all communities that consider themselves northern or remote based on varying definitions.
There are 4 objectives for the Northern Access Round:
- Reduce time, cost, and risk to access required materials for housing in remote communities.
- Attract new ideas and partners to solve complex barriers to housing supply.
- Support collaboration with northerners to ensure solutions are the right fit for the community.
- Showcase outcomes so others can implement and scale solutions.
Learn more about the Housing Supply Challenge’s other opportunities.
Prepare for your submission:
- Sign up for updates about this round.
- Contact our Applicant Support Program to learn more about the resources and supports offered to help you in preparing your application. The Support Program is facilitated by Evergreen.