Senior Specialist, Policy Analysis

Job Requisition ID: 10030  

Position Status: Permanent Full Time 

Position Type: Hybrid  

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

Travel Requirement: Travel not required 

Language Designation: English Essential 

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

Salary: Our salaries generally range from $ 99646.37 to $ 124557.97 and are based on qualifications and experience. 


About CMHC

At CMHC, the work you do and the work we do together matters. We come to work every day with a common purpose: to realize a future where everyone in Canada has a home that they can afford and meets their needs.


Our people are second to none. We lean in with courage, band together as a community and try new things to make a lasting impact on housing from coast to coast to coast.


Join us and be part of a team that's committed to making a real difference and be part of something meaningful.


What’s in it for you


We’ve got the purpose, the people and the perks you need for a fulfilling career. Here’s what you get when you’re a permanent employee:


  • 5 weeks of vacation.
  • Annual individual performance bonus.
  • Defined benefit pension plan.
  • Comprehensive group insurance plan to support your well-being from day one.
  • Support in your personal and professional growth with training, mentorship and more – because when you thrive, we thrive.
  • An inclusive workplace culture and environment with Employee Resource Groups and more.
  • A hybrid work model that lets you balance working from home and nurturing in-person connections by coming into your region’s office at a minimum of 4 times a month.



Join the Policy team, where we accelerate housing affordability through evidence-based policy, research and disruptive innovation. The Senior Specialist, Policy Analysis plays an important role in shaping housing finance policy in Canada, helping to ensure everyone has a home they can afford. This role provides strategic expertise and advice in support of fundamental decisions that shape future directions. It involves working with a team of multi-discipline professionals from across the organization and guiding and coaching other team members to build robust policy proposals. 


What You’ll Do


  • Lead cross functional teams in the development of policy recommendations relating to mortgage finance. 
  • Advance the development of plans and strategies that align with government and corporate priorities. Provide subject matter expertise and tactical advice, guidance and support on topics relating to housing finance policy.
  • Prepare strategic correspondence, briefing materials, reports and policy proposals for internal clients, external stakeholders, CMHC’s senior leadership and the Minister of Housing, Infrastructure and Communities.
  • Work closely with other orders of government and stakeholders to inform, guide and influence policy development. Maintain a strong understanding of the broader federal policy agenda and understand how housing finance policy fits into that framework.
  • Manage multiple projects of high priority under tight timelines, adapting and collaborating as necessary to deliver on commitments. 
  • Support CMHC’s participation in Senior Advisory Committee and Systemic Risk Surveillance committee, discussion forums for financial sector policy issues including financial stability and systemic vulnerabilities.
  • Contribute to the development of Macroprudential policies and strategic advice with CMHC’s federal partners.
  • Conduct qualitative and quantitative analyses to assess impacts of different policy options and make evidence-based recommendations.
  • Lead and/or support senior-level interdepartmental and/or intergovernmental committees, working groups and forums, to build relationships and promote horizontal collaboration across federal departments and across other orders of government. 


What You Should Have


  • A master’s degree in a related field such as economics, finance, public administration, commerce or law.
  • A minimum of seven years of prior related experience in policy development and/or mortgage finance.
  • Demonstrated qualitative and quantitative analytical skills to develop policy options and assess expected outcomes.
  • Demonstrated thorough understanding of at least one area of mortgage finance (securitization, market stability, mortgage loan insurance, homeowner, or multi-unit lending).
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including the ability to speak and write clearly and succinctly in a variety of settings and styles to communicate and defend messages and positions.
  • Demonstrated experience building and maintaining strategic relationships with multiple stakeholders, with adept political acumen.
  • Demonstrated experience leading cross functional teams in the advancement of initiatives. 


It would be great if you also had


  • Deep understanding of the multi-unit space.
  • Extensive experience developing and delivering briefings, both written and oral, for senior executives or ministerial level. 


Posting closing date: Note, this position may remain active until filled.


Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion 

We’re committed to employment equity and encourage women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, veterans and persons of all races, ethnicities, religions, abilities, sexual orientations, and gender identities and expressions to apply. We also welcome applications from non-Canadians who are eligible to work in Canada.


CMHC is an inclusive workplace where diversity of thought – and of people – are recognized, valued, and considered essential to achieving our mission.


Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion 


What happens after you apply 

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If you applied before and you were not successful don’t worry – we're always posting new positions, so don’t hesitate to give it another shot. We’re excited to see what you bring to the table this time around!