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Apply to the Emerging Housing Scholar Program

CHEC-CCRL is pleased to invite applications to the Collaborative Housing Research Network Emerging Housing Scholar program for 2023-2024. CHEC aims to attract new graduate students to housing, homelessness and related disciplines to develop the quality and quantity of the research talent in the CHRN network.  

CHEC Appearances

We can’t build ourselves out of this problem

Watch CHEC Executive Advisor Steve Pomeroy speak to Hamilton City Hall on strategies to help residents stay in their homes and create more affordable rental stock.

Home sales down 40% from last year

CHEC Director Jim Dunn explains why home sales are down from last year and discusses the current state of Canada’s housing market on CTV Your Morning. 

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Towards a sustainable, affordable housing system

Housing expert Steve Pomeroy and housing and human rights lawyer Mohamad Bsat had a fireside chat to discuss what can be done to move Hamilton towards a sustainable affordable housing system and what that will mean for the residents who need it. 

Featured Research


Review and options to strengthen the National Housing Strategy

Documents prepared for the Office of the Federal Housing Advocate by CHEC’s Executive Advisor, Steve Pomeroy, have recently been made public. Please see the full report here.  French versions are posted as well.


Updating analysis on erosion of lower rent
stock from 2021 census

CHEC’s Executive Advisor Steve Pomeroy wrote a report on the erosion of lower rental stock based on 2021 census data. You can view the full document here.

Housing First policy


Jurisdictional Scan of “Affordable Housing” Definitions Across Canada

Michelle Verbeek and Chance Gordon at CHEC completed a jurisdictional scan of affordable housing definitions across the country. Click below to access the full report. 

Fixing Up Housing Policy: From Research to Reality Podcast


Does Evidence Influence Policy?

With Molly Harrington And Norm Helfand

An evidence-based approach to decision-making is often pushed by concerned sectors of society. Yet one has to ask: To what extent does evidence influence public policy?


Making Rent Control Work

Prince Edward Island, unlike other provinces, has unit-based rent control, with rent being tied to the units instead of the tenant. However, there is no formal mechanism to know what rent was paid by a previous tenant, despite a provincial bill passed to establish one in 2019.


LGBTQ2 Vulnerability In Housing

With Kenna McDowell

How do we solve the issue of LGBTQ2 vulnerability in housing? 

Canadian Housing Course

Learn the fundamentals and advance your career in the growing field of Canadian Housing.

Blog Posts

Time for the federal government to put its money where its mouth is on affordable housing

With the federal government under pressure to practice austerity with the release of its budget on March 28, now is the time to draw on its existing $4-billion Housing Accelerator Fund (HAF) announced in Budget 2022 to address the growing housing affordability issue, without adding new spending.

Media Release re: Violence Against Women during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Women experienced more frequent, and often more severe, violence during the pandemic, creating new challenges for violence against women services and their clients, a newly-released study has found.

Applying an Intersectional Lens to Older Persons Experiencing Homelessness

Five student researchers from the Aging in the Right Place (AIRP) Project came together recently to engage in a discussion on intersectionality, what it means, and how it can be applied to older persons experiencing homelessness (OPEH) or housing insecurity.

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