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Officer, Innovation Programs (Anywhere in Canada)

Job Requisition ID: 8538  

Language Designation: English Essential 

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

Starting Base Salary: 56529.25 

Position Status: Permanent Full Time 

Travel Requirement: Limited 

Office Location: Ottawa (ON); Calgary (AB); Charlottetown (PE); Edmonton (AB); Halifax (NS); Moncton (NB); Montreal (QC); Quebec (QC); Saskatoon (SK); St. John's (NL); Thunder Bay (ON); Toronto (ON); Vancouver (BC); Winnipeg (MB); Yellowknife (NT)


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 our Strategy Team where we accelerate housing affordability through evidence-based policy, research, and disruptive innovation.  The Innovation Program execution team is responsible for the operation and continuous improvement of the housing programs that fall under the Innovation and Partnerships division - the Housing Supply Challenge, Solutions Labs, and the Demonstrations Initiative. This suite of Programs is at the core of our division aiming to remove barriers to housing supply, convene teams to collaboratively tackle important problems, and showcase innovative solutions to normalize, promote, and potentially scale successful work. 


The role of the Officer involves supporting the design and execution of the innovation programs including program launch, application management and support. The Officer will engage with program applicants and business stakeholders to ensure the innovation projects are well supported and managed throughout their lifecycle. Bridging the roles of the Senior Analysts/Officer and the Senior Administrator, the Officer will support the critical functions, financial and program operations to ensure they are meeting the desired outcomes. This will include contributing to all aspects of the application management and the overall provision of innovation projects, from creation, execution, and milestone management.  There will also be opportunities to dive into challenge creation, engage with stakeholders across the housing ecosystem to ensure that the programs are making a significant difference, contribute to program redesign/ improvement, and get creative with how we solve problems.  




  • Supports the overall innovation program execution. 
  • Supports the program execution, evaluation, measurement framework and application administration including contribution agreements, milestone management, payment processes, account reconciliation, tracking and reporting.
  • Supports the research, analysis and synthesis of information from diverse sources. 
  • Supports the coordination of processes to ensure Programs (and supported projects) are given visibility and helps contribute to the dissemination of program outcomes.


Minimum Qualifications: 


  • Minimum of one year of relevant experience in innovation.
  • Analytical thinking, research, and problem-solving skills at an intermediate level.
  • Ability to effectively follow and execute established processes and procedures. 
  • Understanding of and experience with procurement procedures and policies.
  • Experience working in corporate financial systems, CRM, PTP or other similar systems.
  • Project management skills and expertise.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop successful relationships with stakeholders.
  • Advanced written and oral communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications:


  • Innovation and/or Change Management certificate(s).  
  • Experience coordinating peer-review or committee work.  
  • Experience in process redesign. 


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.