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Bilingual Specialist, Policy Analysis (Anywhere in Canada)

Job Requisition ID: 8496  

Language Designation: Bilingual 

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

Starting Base Salary: 78657.14 

Position Status:  

Travel Requirement: Limited 

Office Location: Ottawa (ON); Calgary (AB); Halifax (NS); Montreal (QC); 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.


(if Permanent) 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!


(if Contract) 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 National Housing Council Secretariat, where we support the National Housing Council and deliver review panels to improve equitable housing outcomes through evidence-based research, meaningful engagement with communities, and the provision of advice to the Minister for Housing and Diversity and Inclusion. The Council helps ensure that human rights-based approaches are included in the housing policy development process and that the voice of people with lived/living experience of inadequate housing and/or homelessness are at the center of the work we do.


In this position, the Specialist will assist the Council in its mandate - furthering housing policy by providing advice to the Minister on the effectiveness of the National Housing Strategy, with the aim of improving housing outcomes. Your challenge will be to contribute to the Council’s work, by providing strategic policy information, analysis, and advice to assist the Council in making housing recommendations, while providing Secretariat services to facilitate their work as a national committee.





  • Providing information and advice to the Council to support recommendations to the Minister on matters pertaining to the National Housing Strategy and related housing policies and programs.
  • Collaborating with business functions and leading preparation of briefing notes and materials, decks and processes to assist the Council in proposing recommendations to address housing needs of Canadians, including vulnerable populations, and bringing sound knowledge of (housing) policy issues and solutions. Reviewing meeting material for acceptability, both in terms of content and format, requesting additional input from proponents and making recommendations for revisions to documents for clarity purposes.
  • Provide briefings to the Council with a focus on such areas as affordable housing for low-income and vulnerable populations, and on collaboration with federal-provincial-territorial and Indigenous partners; and coordinate public hearings on systemic housing issues under federal responsibility, as requested to do so by the Federal Housing Advocate
  • Analysing complex issues and identifying possible solutions to help Canadians access housing that meets their needs and that they can afford.
  • Building relations and collaborating with federal department partners will also be key to the role, looking at synergies across social policy priorities.
  • Undertaking policy-focused research and analyzing the public policy environment, including literature reviews, analyzing position papers, reports, plans and strategies related to housing at the local, national and international level, and providing the Council with timely assessments of potential implications and opportunities for housing and CMHC.
  • Collect, analyze and synthesize information from diverse sources to ensure appropriate, complete outgoing correspondence and assist the Secretariat team promptly and with quality inputs.


Minimum Qualifications:


  • University degree in a related field with a minimum of 5 years of work experience, preferably in policy or governance; an equivalent combination of experience/education may be considered.  An advanced degree in a field related to the position would be considered an asset.
  • Demonstrated experience in the provision of policy advice to government, including writing policy proposals and options, briefing notes, presentation decks, reports, and oral briefings. Demonstrated communication and writing skills to effectively and succinctly present policy considerations, positions and proposals through briefing notes, decks, correspondence, policy papers and other materials.
  • Knowledge of policy analysis related to housing and to vulnerable populations would be considered an asset.
  • Knowledge of committee management, including agenda setting, document dissemination, minuting techniques, decision-making matrices, and action planning, in order to guide and advise the Council staff team on best practices and emerging trends.
  • Experience working with other levels of government and intergovernmental relations to advance policy priorities and solutions.
  • Excellent project management, time management, and organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines under pressure. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to interact professionally with internal and external clients at all levels. Tact and discretion in dealing with highly sensitive issues and external stakeholders.


Preferred Qualifications:


•    Master's degree is an asset. 


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.