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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.

Senior Specialist, Housing Research (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 Policy and Innovation Team where we accelerate housing affordability through evidence-based policy, research and disruptive innovation. As a member of the Research team, you will be responsible for planning, managing and delivering timely and high-quality research that contributes to our research plan, with a special focus on the vulnerable populations and affordable housing needs. You will be responsible for ensuring that research are clearly and effectively communicated to key audiences in order to inform evidence-based decision-making that helps to advance CMHC’s aspiration that, by 2030, everyone in Canada has a home that they can afford and that meets their needs’.


Note: This is a temporary position of a duration of 12 months.




  • 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.
  • Research a wide range of household and housing conditions, issues, challenges and solutions in relation to CMHC business areas, ensuring the quality, accuracy, timeliness and reliability of research and products.
  • Recommend research topics that accurately reflect corporate and government priorities.
  • Conceive, conduct, manage and complete research projects in a broad variety of housing-related disciplines that advance the Corporation’s objectives.
  • 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.
  • Contribute to the achievement of Corporate Plan objectives as they relate to housing analytics, research, knowledge transfer and evidence-based policy development. 
  • 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 research and information by internal and external stakeholders.
  • Provide briefing material, background documents and memoranda for management, senior management and the Minister to support decision making, Provide expert advice and recommendations into development and enhancement of housing analyses.
  • Communicate research results and represent the Corporation at conferences, industry events and intergovernmental meetings.
  • Prepare research publications on a variety of issues including those very specific to CMHC business requirements, as well as on housing and vulnerable populations, while ensuring a high degree of relevance and practical application to CMHC.
  • Identify issues and share information and expertise with internal stakeholders; consult with stakeholders to ensure thorough understanding of their information requirements and how to meet them. 
  • Advanced ability to draft understandable, clear and consistent documents/presentations/briefing notes on topics within the areas of responsibility and to explain the content to a variety of audiences.

Minimum Qualifications:


  • Postgraduate degree in Social Science, Geography, Geomatic sciences, Urban and Regional Planning, Policy or related field. A completed PhD would be considered a strong asset.
  • Minimum of five years of experience with increasing responsibility in building partnerships, research, analysis, and/or project delivery.
  • Experience with vulnerable populations in relation to housing and/ or communities and/or research.
  • Good knowledge of the affordable housing and experience with research and analysis of primary and secondary data using appropriate methodologies, qualitative, quantitative and statistical analysis and providing facts, evidence and conclusions to support internal and external decision making.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply problem-solving techniques and conduct data analysis, proven ability to think strategically and develop and implement strategic plans and projects.


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: 7402  

Language Designation: English Essential 

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

Minimum Base Salary: 92538.15 

Travel Requirement: Occasional 

Office Location: Toronto (ON)

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