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Thank you for your interest in the National Housing Council.

Like many other government organizations, businesses and individuals, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) is closely monitoring developments around COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

We are hopeful that the National Housing Council will be established in 2020. However, given the uncertain and evolving circumstances related to COVID-19, the Government of Canada’s efforts remain focused on addressing this crisis. The establishment of the National Housing Council remains a priority for the Government and appointment to the Council will be announced as quickly as possible.

Please consult this page regularly for updates on the National Housing Council process.

The National Housing Council call for applications is closed.

Thank you to all those who showed an interest in applying for the Council.

The deadline for the submission of all applications was
October 14, 2019 23:59 EST.

The National Housing Council:

  • promotes participation and inclusion in the development of housing policy
  • contributes to the success of the National Housing Strategy
  • provides advice to the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development on how to improve housing outcomes
  • offers advice on the effectiveness of the National Housing Strategy to the Minister
  • supports the progressive realization of the right to adequate housing, as recognized in the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights


Please contact us if you have specific questions about the Call for applications.

By email: [email protected]

Important: Please include “Attention: National Housing Council Applications” in the subject field of your email.

National Housing Council Team
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
700 Montreal Rd
Ottawa ON  K1A 0P7

The National Housing Council Selection Process Information

We may invite applicants to an interview. This will help us better understand how your experience can contribute to the National Housing Council. The interviews will be in the official language of your choice, by phone or by videoconference.

If you are selected by the Minister to participate on the National Housing Council, we will send you follow-up instructions.

A status update will be provided for the other applicants when the selection of members is completed.

Promoting diversity

The National Housing Council will be diverse, experienced and include those with lived expertise in housing need or homelessness. The Minister will consider the importance of the Council’s representation of people who:

  • are housing experts and practitioners
  • are leaders from the not-for-profit and private sectors
  • have experience in a housing-related field
  • have lived expertise of housing need as well as those with lived expertise of homelessness
  • have expertise in human rights
  • are members of various groups including women, LGBTQ2S community, racialized communities, and Indigenous peoples

Learn more about the National Housing Council in its Terms of Reference.

National Housing Council members will be:

  • appointed by the Minister to hold office for up to 3 years
  • paid in connection with their work for the Council (remuneration will be determined by the Minister)
  • Canadian citizen, permanent residents or protected persons as per the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
  • 18 years of age or older as of January 1, 2019
  • available and willing to commit to participate as a member of the National Housing Council for 3 years (the duration of the appointment)
  • able to attend a minimum of 4 in-person meetings or teleconferences per year (approximately 12 days of remunerated work)
  • willing and able to travel within Canada

Important: You will be subject to the Conflict of Interest Act. For more information, please visit the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner's website.



We are looking for people that represent Canada's diversity. This includes:

  • gender
  • official languages
  • regions
  • Indigenous peoples
  • people with lived expertise in housing need or homelessness



We want to find experts in the housing- and human rights related fields. We want diverse experience - including Indigenous representation and people with lived expertise.

  • housing providers
  • practitioners
  • local service providers
  • leaders from the not-for-profit and private sectors
  • academia


Lived Expertise

We need people:

  • with lived expertise of housing need or homelessness
  • from vulnerable groups

Who are we looking for?

The application requests each applicant to clearly state their eligibility status and respond to diversity questions.

Selection criteria

We will assess applications on specific criteria. We want to know about your:

  • knowledge of the principles of the National Housing Strategy and knowledge/expertise in human rights
  • a minimum of five (5) years of recent experience in a housing-related field
  • ability to add to public discussions in the field of housing
  • knowledge of issues particular to sub-populations experiencing homelessness or housing need in Canada
  • personal experience of housing need or homelessness (e.g. Indigenous peoples, veterans, youth, seniors, LGBTQ2S community, women and children fleeing domestic violence, and racialized communities) and how it will bring ideas and perspectives to the work of the National Housing Council
  • willingness to work as part of a team and ability to participate in discussions, sharing ideas or opinions, listening to others and suggesting ways to find solutions

We also want to know about your:

  • work/sector of expertise
  • areas of knowledge
  • experience related to the field of housing or related area

If you have personally experienced housing need or homelessness:

  • we want to know how that experience will inspire and how it will reflect your work on the National Housing Council

Privacy Statement

The personal information you provide to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) as part of your application for membership in the National Housing Council is collected under the National Housing Act and other applicable laws for the purposes of selecting members to the National Housing Council.

Participation in this call for application process is voluntary. Refusal to provide personal information or incomplete application may result in your submission being removed from consideration. The personal information contained in your application will be accessed by CMHC and Government of Canada officials. If you do not submit the application by the end of the application period, you consent to CMHC’s disposal of your personal information upon closure of the selection process. Submitted applications will be kept for two years.

Your personal information you provide is protected under the provisions of the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act and is retained and used as described in Personal Information Bank CMHC PSU 919, Members of Boards, Committees and Councils. The Privacy Act provides individuals with a right to access their personal information that is under the control of CMHC, to request corrections of their personal information and to file a complaint to the Privacy Commissioner of Canada regarding CMHC’s handling of personal information.

Please direct any questions, comments, concerns, requests for personal information or complaints to CMHC’s Access to Information and Privacy Office at 613-748-2160 or visit our website at

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