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At CMHC, we trust you to get the job done. Since January 2019, we’ve shifted from managing people to managing work. Each employee is 100% autonomous and accountable. You can choose where you need to be and when you need to be there to meet your objectives. You’re in control of your time and are trusted to make the right decisions.

Indigenous Advisor, Relations (Position can be located anywhere in Canada)

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 join the Indigenous Relations team, where we accelerate housing affordability through evidence-based policy, research and disruptive innovation.

CMHC is committed to advancing reconciliation and renewing relationships with First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples based on the recognition of rights, respect, cooperation, and partnership. In this role you will drive innovation and provide strategic advice on the development of an Indigenous housing transformation framework and provide technical support for fundamental decisions that will shape future directions. You will also lead the development of priorities related to better housing outcomes for Indigenous Peoples including alternative financing solutions, renewed partnership models and provide recommendations on the future of care and control.  




  • Provide advice to the Vice-President, Indigenous Relations, and other members of the management team on matters related to housing transformation of current programs, policy reviews and future models of transfer of care and control.
  • Advance reconciliation efforts by building renewed relationships with Indigenous Peoples based on the recognition of rights, respect, co-operation, and partnership.
  • Guide and support a matrix work organization by working closely with business lines, who are responsible for the integration and execution of the actions in support of Indigenous reconciliation.
  • Support the development of a comprehensive, inclusive, flexible, and forward-looking operating model that supports rebuilding and managing relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous key industry stakeholders to  facilitate  and advance systemic change within and outside of CMHC.
  • Lead activities in order to accelerate and establish CMHC’s reconciliation action plan  across the inner workings of the Corporation.
  • Provide advice to realign policies, programs, data/analytics, research, and practices to restore and support the self-governance model preferred by Indigenous governments and organizations, Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action, and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
  • Provide clear direction to internal team members by contributing to key sector plans and establishing shared goals, objectives and/or target and bridge the different perspectives and priorities that will arise due to conflicting views. ⋅
  • Recommend, lead and/or guide complex projects to promote social-economic development opportunities for Indigenous communities and businesses.

Minimum Qualifications:


  • A cumulative of 7 years of related experience working directly with Indigenous communities, governments and associations.
  • Bachelor degree or College diploma in a relevant field is considered asset.
  • Deep network and understanding of Indigenous people, communities, and organizations across Canada.
  • In-depth knowledge and expertise navigating complex political, financing and housing eco-systems, facilitating the implementation of strategic or transformation initiatives.
  • Experience building and maintaining constructive and consultative working relationships with government, communities, associations and financial sectors stakeholders to improve housing outcomes.
  • Awareness of government priorities, experience examining policies and programs, building, and applying frameworks.
  • Ability to conduct original analysis, to synthesize, to solve abstract, complex issues using appropriate techniques, and to capture and balance a multitude of other factors that define public policy and business operating environments.
  • Experience in preparing reports, and developing and delivering presentations.
  • Excellent interpersonal, negotiation, communication and stakeholder management skills.
  • Strong project management skills and the ability to work independently and collaboratively; capable of handling multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously.


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



CMHC has implemented vaccination requirements to align with Government of Canada mandatory vaccination measures for the federal public service.


Vaccination against COVID-19 is mandatory for all CMHC employees, regardless of place of work (teleworking, working remotely or working on-site). CMHC’s vaccination measures, as updated from time to time, are a term and condition of employment.


CMHC requires all new employees to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment. If you are the selected candidate, your vaccination status will be verified by an authorized CMHC third party as part of the offer process. If you wish to request an exemption from CMHC’s vaccination requirements on valid human rights-based grounds, you must do so at the offer stage as part of the recruitment process and be approved for an exemption before any offer of employment can be issued.


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.


Job Requisition ID: 7487  

Language Designation: English Essential 

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

Minimum Base Salary: 114739.95 

Travel Requirement: Occasional 

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

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