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Housing Supply Challenge: Round 4 - Building for the Future

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About the Building for the Future Round

We’re looking for innovative construction processes, techniques, systems, or materials that will increase the supply of housing that is affordable, resilient and meets people’s needs.

Participants are invited to propose solutions that address one of the following barriers:

  • access to materials, resources and technology
  • complexities in retrofitting existing housing supply
  • project delivery complexities
  • high costs and sunk costs
  • knowledge management and sharing

The following provides guidance on the range of the types of solutions that are relevant to this round.

Concept Description
Diverse Technologies and Approaches Solutions may be comprised of new technologies, and/or existing technologies that are adapted, integrated, or applied new ways – like technology that is adapted from other industries. Solutions that use diverse approaches (for example, embedding traditional Indigenous knowledge) are also welcome.
Spectrum of Innovation We welcome solutions that fall along the spectrum from analogue to digital, or from simple to complex. We are open to solutions at varying stages of maturity and will provide design and incubation funding for short-listed applicants to further their solutions.
Focused on Barriers We are looking for solutions that address systemic barriers so that once the solutions are implemented, it will be easier to build and maintain housing that is affordable, climate compatible and meets people’s needs. Solution implementation during the Challenge program may involve building a prototype of a new build, retrofit or conversion for the purpose of testing the innovation.

Eligibility requirements

Who can apply?

The following organizations are encouraged to apply:

  • for-profit (for example, housing developers, builders, construction professionals, general contractors, technology companies, start-ups, engineers and architects)
  • not-for-profit organizations (for example, housing providers)
  • Indigenous governments, organizations, groups, housing agencies and authorities
  • Canadian post-secondary institutions
  • government (provincial, territorial, Indigenous, municipal, local and regional)

IMPORTANT: All applicants must be affiliated with a legally incorporated organization.


Who can be involved?

We encourage lead applicants to partner with collaborators. Collaborators can be direct members from the team developing the solution, or partners providing various types of support to the project.

Non-Canadian individuals and organizations are ineligible as Lead Applicants but are eligible as team members or collaborators.

Non-residents participating as a team member or collaborator will comply with Canadian immigration requirements applicable to non-residents entering Canada to work temporarily in fulfillment of the agreement.


Ineligible applicants and collaborators

CMHC, Evergreen, other federal government departments and their representatives, mentors and consultants providing support to applicants as part of the Housing Supply Challenge program mechanisms aren’t eligible to apply or to support the development of submissions outside of formal support mechanisms.


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