Research Papers


Housing Outcomes and Economies, the Environment and Governance

Read CHEC Adjunct Professor Duncan Maclennan’s newly released papers on a systems approach to housing, and housing outcomes as interrelated to economies, the environment and governance.

Examining the cause of escalating home prices in Canada

In this article published by Housing Finance International, CHEC Executive Advisor Steve Pomeroy dicusses the respective arguments surrounding the increase in home prices and the proposed policy response.

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.

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. 

Video: Secondary Suites, Second Thoughts

Bon Swanson presents an overview of emerging research at the University of Albert that asks the question “Are secondary suites an affordable and appropriate method of providing affordable housing to low-income Canadians, particularly as a stop-gap between the demand that exists for Community Housing and the supply of subsidized units?”

Report: Home-Making and Tenancy Sustainability, by Alexandra Stout.  

This report focuses on rental tenants’ ability to perform home-making practices and the subsequent effects on tenancy sustainability. It includes an original analysis of landlords’ and tenants’ rights vis-a-vis home-making practices in two Canadian provinces: Alberta and British Columbia.

Report: LGBTQ2 Vulnerability in the Canadian Housing Sector, by Kenna McDowell

This research focuses on the experiences of LGBTQ2 people within the Canadian housing sector.

Community Housing Canada held a series of Café Pracadémiques – workshops where academics, housing organizations, community housing tenants and others discussed challenges and opportunities in the community housing sector, along with shared concepts of “resilience” and “sustainability”. These conversations took place in four cities across Canada. The “What we heard” summary reports are available here, each considering community housing sustainability in the context of a particular theme:


  • Edmonton, AB – Reconciliation
  • Saint John, NB – Aging and rural populations
  • Hamilton, ON – Business transformation and workforce development
  • Vancouver, BC – Climate change

Promising practices in affordable housing: 

Evolution and innovation in BC and Quebec

Canadian Housing Policy Roundtable, February 2019

The Canadian Housing Policy Roundtable (CHPR) is a group of leading housing thinkers committed to working across sectors to develop shares solutions to strengthen Canada’s housing system.

Edmonton Café Pracadémique Report

The Edmonton Café Pracademique was held as part of the Community Housing Canada Research partnership with the intent to highlight the collective understandings that were found in terms of sustainability and resilience in community housing.

Saint John Café Pracadémique Report

Stephen MacMackin and David Turner shared their recent experience of establishing seniors’ community housing in the rural setting of Hampton, NB.

Hamilton Café Pracadémique Report

Leigh Bursey, Margie Carlson and Jeff Neven shared their experiences of business transformation and workforce development in Ontario.

Vancouver Café Pracadémique Report

Ian Cullis and Christine Williams shared their knowledge of climate change and community housing issues in BC.