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Senior Specialist, Housing Research (Anywhere in Canada)

Job Requisition ID: 8922  

Language Designation: English Essential 

Language Skill Levels (Read/Write/Speak): ZZZ 

Position Status: Temporary Full Time 

Travel Requirement: Limited 

Office Location: Calgary (AB); Halifax (NS); Montreal (QC); Ottawa (ON); Toronto (ON); Vancouver (BC)

Salary: Our salaries generally range from $ 97692,52 to $ 122115,65 and are based on qualifications and experience. 


At CMHC, we trust you to get the job done. We empower our employees to be fully autonomous and accountable in achieving their results. Employees focus on how they achieve results rather than when and where they choose to work.


Here are some of the reasons why we were chosen as one of Canada's top employers:


  • Enjoy up to 3 weeks of accrued vacation;
  • An annual individual performance bonus;
  • Access to a catalogue of courses for individual learning;
  • An inclusive workplace culture and environment with multiple Employee Resource Groups and much more!


Help make a difference for Canadians. CMHC’s aspiration is that by 2030, everyone in Canada has a home that they can afford and that meets their needs. All of our programs and activities support this singular goal.
Be part of an inclusive workplace. Diversity and Inclusion guides everything we do at CMHC. We’re taking concrete actions to eradicate racism and advance equity within CMHC and the housing system.

Join the Policy sector where we accelerate housing affordability through evidence-based policy and research. You will bring to this position your economic analysis and modeling expertise, collaborative capability and leadership to advance analytic insights in support of understanding current and future challenges of the housing system. In your role, you will plan, manage, contribute, complete and communicate research and analysis. Your work will contribute to the development and deployment of policies and strategies designed to improve housing affordability and living conditions.


This is a temporary position of a duration of 24 months.


  • Develop and recommend high impact economic research, modelling, and housing data projects that accurately reflect corporate and government priorities. 
  • Conduct economic research on a wide range of issues in relation to CMHC business areas. Manage, guide and provide oversight function for the work of external research consultants to ensure contracted deliverables and schedules.
  • Conduct analysis of primary and secondary data, using appropriate methodologies, quantitative and statistical analysis, to assess and address complex issues and challenges in the housing system.
  • Develop and maintain models and analytic tools by leading, coordinating or supporting multi-disciplinary teams whose members may include internal and external experts and other stakeholders.
  • Provide substantive expert input to the review and development of housing policies, strategies, programs, regulations and standards. 
  • Provide thought leadership in areas of research expertise. Contribute to the achievement of the Corporate Strategy as they relate to housing analytics, research, knowledge transfer and evidence-based policy development.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A Master’s degree in Economics, Finance, Mathematics, Statistics or related discipline. (An equivalent combination of education and/or experience may be considered).
  • Minimum of five years of experience in economic research, econometrics, modelling, quantitative analytics, forecasting, policy simulation.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing research and modeling projects in terms of scope, objectives, methodologies and management, and conducting rigorous quantitative analysis.
  • Experience with research and analysis of primary and secondary data using appropriate methodologies and statistical software, quantitative and statistical analysis and providing facts, evidence and conclusions to support internal and external decision making.
  • Working knowledge of social, economic and political trends, factors and issues that affect housing policies and issues.
  • A ‘can do’’ mindset with the desire to work collaboratively to deliver results that have a positive impact on the team, business unit and corporation.
  • Excellent communication and influence skills, and ability to communicate technical information to non-technical audience. 


Preferred Qualifications:


  • A completed PhD in Economics, Finance, Mathematics, Statistics or related discipline.



Posting closing date: Note, the competition may remain active until filled. 





On June 14, 2022, the Government of Canada announced that as of June 20, 2022, it will suspend vaccination requirements for federal government employees.  This decision followed a review of the current public health situation, including the evolution of the virus and vaccination rates in Canada. As a result, and consistent with the Government of Canada decision, CMHC has suspended its Vaccination Policy, effective June 20, 2022.  


As a result, at this time, CMHC does not require employees to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment.  CMHC will continue to monitor the public health situation and may at any time make adjustments and adopt or reintroduce measures, including mandatory vaccination, attestation and verification requirements. Any such vaccination measures, as updated from time to time, shall form a term and condition of your employment at CMHC.


CMHC is an inclusive workplace where diversity of thought – and of people – are recognized, valued, and considered essential to achieving our aspiration.
We are committed to employment equity and actively encourage applications from women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, veterans and persons of all races, ethnicities, religions, abilities, sexual orientations, and gender identities and expressions. We also welcome applications from non-Canadians who are eligible to work in Canada.
We sincerely thank all candidates for their interest, however, please note that only applicants selected for further consideration will be contacted. If selected for an interview or testing, please advise us if you require an accommodation.