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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
  • provides 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

Perhaps most importantly, the Council will be representative of Canada's diversity.

A public call for applications is now open

We are looking for people with lived expertise and professionals in the housing industry to be part of the National Housing Council.

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

Submit your application


The application process could take up to 3 hours to complete.

  • Please note that you cannot save your application online and return to it at another time.
  • Consider preparing all of your answers offline, and include them by cutting and pasting them into the online questionnaire before submitting your final application.
  • You may submit only one application.
  • Members of the Council will self-represent and not act on behalf of an organization.

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

Contact Us:

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

By email:

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

Submit your application

Thank you for your application. Applications are being assessed.

If you are sending your application via regular mail, please send it to:

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

Selection Process Information

We may invite you 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

We welcome and encourage applications from a broad cross-section of people. 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.

Members will be:

  • appointed by the Minister to hold office for up to 3 years
  • be paid in connection with their work for the Council (remuneration will be determined by the Minister)

If you want to submit your application, you must be:

  • a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person 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)
  • 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
  • vulnerable groups
  • 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 613-748-2501 or visit our website at