Senior Specialist, Housing Research (Economics and Finance)

Job Requisition ID: 10216  

Position Status: Permanent Full Time 

Position Type: Hybrid  

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

Travel Requirement: Limited 

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.


About the Role

Join CMHC’s Research team within the Housing Economics and Insights sector, where we build knowledge and advance key insights on the housing system. In your role, you will lead project teams, plan, manage, execute and communicate rigorous research and analysis to address housing challenges. You will bring your economic modeling and finance expertise, quantitative analysis skills to this position to support understanding of current and future challenges of the housing system. Collaboration, strategic thinking and leadership skills are important attributes to be successful in the role. 
What you’ll do:


  • Develop and recommend high impact research, modelling, projection, and housing data projects that accurately reflect corporate and government priorities. 
  • Conduct research on a wide range of issues, challenges and solutions in relation to CMHC business areas. Manage, guide and provide oversight function for the work of external research consultants to ensure contracted deliverables and schedules.
  • Develop and maintain models and analytic tools by leading, coordinating or supporting multi-disciplinary teams whose members may include internal and external experts and other stakeholders.
  • Conduct analysis of primary and secondary data, using appropriate methodologies, quantitative and statistical analysis, to assess and address complex issues and challenges in the housing system.
  • Provide substantive expert input to the review and development of housing policies, strategies, programs, regulations and standards. 
  • Provide thought leadership in areas of research expertise. Contribute to the achievement of the Corporate Strategy as they relate to housing analytics, research, knowledge transfer and evidence-based policy development.

What you should have:


  • A Master’s degree in Economics, Finance, Mathematics, Statistics or related discipline. A completed PhD would be considered an asset. (An equivalent combination of education and/or experience may be considered).
  • A minimum of five years of experience in economic research, housing finance, econometrics, modelling, quantitative analytics, forecasting, policy simulation.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing modeling and research projects in terms of scope, objectives, methodologies and management, and conducting rigorous quantitative analysis.
  • Excellent communication and influence skills and ability to communicate technical information to non-technical audience. 
  • Working knowledge of finance, economic, social, and political trends, factors and issues that affect housing policies and issues.
  • Project management skills and experience.
  • A "can do" mindset with the desire to work collaboratively in multi-disciplinary teams to deliver results that have a positive impact on the team, business unit and corporation.


Posting closing date: Note, the competition will 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!