About Us

Our Mission

To strengthen community housing sector’s capacity to meet the needs of the 1 in 8 Canadian households who need support realizing their right to housing. 

Our History

We began as a research partnership whose mandate was to was to gather information from organizations and individuals with lived experience in the community housing sector. What we learned informs the Areas of Inquiry in Phase II.

Q&A with Project Director Dr. Damian Collins
  • November 2017

    The Government of Canada announces the National Housing Strategy, which includes $241 million in new spending on “housing research and data”.

  • Spring 2018

    Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CHMC) partnered with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) to create the Collaborative Housing Research Network. It is structured around 5 thematic nodes and one research hub, called the Canada Housing Evidence Collaborative (CHEC).

  • November 2018

    We submitted a partnership application to head the Community Housing Sustainability thematic node, one of the nodes of CHEC.

  • March 2019

    Application successful! As a node of CHEC, Community Housing Canada joined the Collaborative Housing Research Network with one year of initial funding.

  • Fall 2019

    We held Café Pracadémique events in order to define the priorities for a national research program focused on the sustainability and resilience of community housing in Canada.

    We used what we learned in these workshops to release a series “What We Heard” reports.

    Edmonton Café Pracadémique
  • Winter 2019 – 2020

    Using what we learned, we applied for a five-year partnership grant.

  • April 2020-Present

    Application successful! In Phase 2, we continue our work with the Collaborative Housing Research Network. This grant allows us to fund research projects that address the needs of community housing providers and tenants across Canada.