Building in the north is expensive and difficult. Start pulling your ideas together to solve supply chain problems.
The third round of the Housing Supply Challenge invites residents and professionals to submit ideas and solutions to improve Canada’s housing supply chain in northern and remote regions.
We want to hear from you – your experience and expertise matter – we’re going to take the best ideas and offer funding and support to bring them to life.
The Northern Access Round needs your help to eliminate supply chain barriers.
Due to supply chain limitations, northern and remote regions incur some of the highest costs to build and maintain housing. These include:
- high transportation costs
- increased investment risks
- long timelines
- limited access to resources and infrastructure
The Northern Access Round has a pool of up to $80M to fund and implement ideas that address these barriers.
If access and supply chains are improved, the cost to build and maintain housing will decrease.
Inefficient supply chains put northern and remote housing at risk of rapid deterioration and severely constrain new housing development.
Some specific examples that require solutions include:
Damaged Materials: If a remote building site receives
incorrect or damaged materials, they cannot return to order new supplies and
remain on time and budget. Using these materials lowers the quality of
housing, compromising safety.
Delays: Companies spend excessive resources to fly in
materials and crews, only to be delayed by other materials stuck within the
supply chain. When there are delays, the company incurs additional costs to
house their teams and store materials for extended periods. The materials
may also sit exposed to harsh environmental conditions while they wait.
Unforeseen events: The risk of unexpected events is high in
northern and remote projects. These risks require higher contingency funds
for developers and contributes to a high cost per square foot
Cargo limitations: Landlocked (fly in, fly out) communities
face cargo limitations of aircraft capable of servicing short gravel
airstrips. This limits the type of materials and equipment
- Shorter season: Climate change continues to reduce the window to transport materials by ice-road and sea shipping is limited to a compressed seasonal operation.
A wide range of solutions can improve efficient and affordable access to materials and resources in northern and remote regions.
Significant investments are required to offset the costs and risks of developing solutions for northern and remote regions. Investments that are relevant to this round include:
- 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 enhance or expand existing infrastructure
- innovative approaches to materials handling, shipping, and storing
- alternative methods for financing land development and construction
Let’s find a solution that will benefit everyone in northern and remote communities.
Reduce time, cost, and risk to access required materials for housing in remote communities
Demonstrate impact on building or maintaining appropriate housing supply
Provide direct benefit to northern and remote regions
We want ideas from residents and industry pros to improve supply chains.
If you live in a northern and remote region or are a supply chain professional, you know your community and industry better than anyone. That’s why we’re looking for ideas and solutions from both residents and professionals alike.
Northern and Remote Residents
We want to help you develop your idea. We will have support programs to help you get your idea off the ground – we can help you manage things like capacity or help you find resources and partners to develop your ideas.
Start thinking now about your solution before the application window opens in January 2022.
The following organizations are strongly encouraged to apply:
- For-profit and not-for-profit organizations
- Indigenous organizations and groups
- Canadian post-secondary institutions
- Government (provincial, territorial, Indigenous, municipal, local, and regional)
- Teams composed of a variety of participants
The application window opens in January 2022 but you can start today.
Visit the Housing Supply Challenge Support Program to access guidance, mentorship and resources needed to develop and improve your submission. Our friends at Evergreen are available to answer any questions about the application process and provide one-on-one support.
We have $80M in funding for this challenge.
This challenge has several phases. If selected, funding is available to prototype your initial idea and to implement the final solution.
Pre-launch phase: Don’t wait
Start thinking about your idea today, and sign up for updates below.
- Residents: Sign up to access our support program once it is available.
- Professionals: Contact Evergreen Support Program today and get started on your idea.
Phase 1: Application phase (Opens on January 12, 2022).
Applicants develop and submit applications.
January 12 – May 12, 2022
Phase 2: Evaluation and shortlist
The panel will shortlist applicants eligible for prototype development funding after evaluating all submissions.
May – June 2022
Phase 3: Project/Prototype development
Shortlisted projects will receive up to $250,000 each to develop/prototype their solution for final approval.
July 2022 – July 2023
Phase 4: Final evaluation
The panel will evaluate the prototyped projects and select the successful submissions.
July – September 2023
Phase 5: Implementation
Successful solutions share the remaining funds from the pool of $80M for implementation.
September 2023 – March 2025