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Senior Specialist, Policy Analysis (Anywhere in Canada)

Job Requisition ID: 8354  

Language Designation: English Essential 

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

Starting Base Salary: 94388.91 

Position Status: Permanent Full Time 

Travel Requirement: Occasional 

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


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 5 weeks of vacation;
  • An annual individual performance bonus;
  • Defined benefit pension plan;
  • Comprehensive group insurance to support your well-being from day one;
  • 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 team, where we accelerate housing affordability through evidence-based policy, research and disruptive innovation. 
You will provide housing policy advice, analysis, and contribute to policy development as a member, in collaboration with others within the team, Sector and across CMHC, and with external partners, with a focus on advancing reconciliation, Indigenous self-determination, care and control of housing, closing housing gaps, and improving Indigenous and northern housing outcomes. 

  • Provide policy advice to management and the Government on key housing issues, challenges, gaps and opportunities, with a principle focus on Indigenous and northern housing. 
  • Provide advice related to modern treaties and self-Government, and Indigenous self-determination, care and control of housing.
  • Lead/Contribute to policy development processes, proposals and options - including Memorandum to Cabinet, Treasury Board Submission, and Budget proposals.
  • Represent CMHC at meetings and build relations with key federal partners, Indigenous partners and organizations, and other stakeholders to advance their housing priorities. 
  • Scan the internal and external landscape to identify emerging housing policy issues and trends to inform evidence-based policy advice, including from data and research.
  • Collect, analyze and synthesize complex information from diverse sources. 
  • Develop a variety of written documentation, presentations and briefing materials, in a logical, succinct, and timely manner. 
  • Collaborate with team members and with other Sectors to advance corporate priorities, and with external partners. 

Minimum Qualifications:


  • Undergraduate degree in public policy, social sciences or a related discipline. Master’s degree considered an asset.
  • Minimum of 7 years’ experience in policy. 
  • Knowledge of social and housing policy, Indigenous history and Peoples, housing, reconciliation.
  • Indigenous governance and Indigenous rights. 
  • Knowledge of First Nations, Inuit and Metis housing conditions, context and landscape•    Strong research, analytical and forward thinking skills.  
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills. 
  • Political and cultural acuity.

Members of the following employment equity deserving groups will be prioritized for this job: Indigenous Peoples.           


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.