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Senior Specialist, Housing Research (Anywhere in Canada)

Job Requisition ID: 8607  

Language Designation: English Essential 

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

Starting Base Salary: 94388.91 

Position Status: Permanent Full Time 

Travel Requirement: Limited 

Office Location: Calgary (AB); Halifax (NS); 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 and Innovation Team where we accelerate housing affordability through evidence-based policy, research and disruptive innovation. In your role, you will plan, manage, contribute to, complete and communicate rigorous research to address business needs including tracking progress against project milestones and budgeted expenditures and providing quality assurance.

  • Plans, manages, contributes to, completes, and communicates rigorous research to address business needs including tracking progress against project milestones and budgeted expenditures and providing quality assurance.
  • Help to ensure the planning and prioritization of research and analysis across the division is focused on finding practical results on housing conditions and housing challenges, as well as finding solutions that will help to achieve corporate objectives and support evidence-based decisions.
  • Act as a key liaison between the expertise within research for internal stakeholders to advance corporate initiatives and deliverables, particularly in the areas of climate change research. 
  • Collaborate on and contribute to housing research consortia to leverage corporate research funding in priority areas and to contribute to the development of timely and relevant building science Data and information by internal and external stakeholders.
  • Monitor trends and issues in housing research, academic and building science research literature, intelligence gathering, environmental scans, professional relationships, and participation in external workshops and events. 
  • Act as a quality assurance function on projects’ approaches and output. 
  • Leverage research findings to influence decision making and direction setting amongst internal and external stakeholders.
  • Manage and guide the work of external research consultants to ensure compliance with contracted deliverables and schedules and oversee/review the quality of information and analysis contained.
  • Provide expert advice and recommendations into development and enhancement of housing analyses, data, policies, programs and services.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate degree in Environmental Science, Planning, Engineering, Building Science or related discipline. Postgraduate degree is a strong asset.
  • Minimum of five years of relevant work experience.
  • Demonstrated experience developing research projects in terms of scope, objectives, methodologies and management.
  • Advanced knowledge of and experience with research and analysis of primary and secondary data using appropriate methodologies, qualitative and/or quantitative and statistical analysis and providing facts, evidence and conclusions to support internal and external decision making.
  • Demonstrated ability to capture and synthesize information to develop relevant, value-added recommendations and provide advice.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills including presentation, negotiation and influencing skills, and the ability to speak and write clearly and succinctly in a variety of settings and styles to communicate messages that have the desired effect.


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.