1. Key Details

  • 1.1 Where do I start?

    The best place to start is the Stage 1 Applicant Guide. The Guide is designed to explain the process, the terms and conditions, and how to submit a proposal using the Applicant Form.

  • 1.2 When is the deadline to submit?

    The deadline for application is no later than April 13th, 2023, at 2pm EST. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.

  • 1.3 How much funding is available?

    The Building for the Future Round has two stages. In Stage 1, applicants submit a proposal for their solution. Up to 30 Stage 1 applicants will be recommended for shortlisting and proceed to Stage 2. Shortlisted applicants moving to Stage 2 will receive up to $150,000 of Incubation funding to further develop their solution and prepare for replication and scaling.

    The evaluation panel will select a suite of Stage 2 proposals to receive funding to implement their solutions. There is no pre-determined number of funded solutions; funding recipients will share a pool of $36.25M.

2. Applicant assistance

  • 2.1 Can I talk to someone about my idea?

    If you would like to discuss the relevance of your idea to the Getting Started Round, you can reach the Housing Supply Challenge Support Program, run by Evergreen, by email at HSC-DOLsupport4@evergreen.ca or call (647) 670-2265.

  • 2.2 Where can I get help with my application? How much support am I going to get from Evergreen with my application?

    The Housing Supply Challenge Support Program is a program run by Evergreen - a national not-for-profit helping make cities flourish. Evergreen support includes dedicated staff to respond to questions, webinars relating to the Building for the Future round, and Networking Sessions. Please review the Applicant Guide for more information.

    Participants can access the Housing Supply Challenge Support program online at: https://futurecitiescanada.ca/portal/our-focus/hsc-support-program/#round-4

    Applicants can also email the Housing Supply Challenge Support Program at HSC-DOLsupport4@evergreen.ca or call (647) 670-2265.

  • 2.3 Can the Housing Supply Challenge Support Program review my application?

    The Housing Supply Challenge Support Program is not part of the evaluation panel, and as a result cannot confirm whether a project will be selected. The Support Program team is there to help applicants understand the evaluation criteria laid out in the Applicant Guide so that applicants can align their project to the Challenge as well as possible. Support Program team members can answer questions and provide access to resources, workshops, and networking forums that may help potential applicants further develop and strengthen their application.

  • 2.4 Will there be networking opportunities for applicants?

    The Housing Supply Challenge Support Program, run by Evergreen, will be hosting virtual events for interested participants to connect through the Support Program.

    Participants can access the Housing Supply Challenge Support program event information online at: https://futurecitiescanada.ca/portal/our-focus/hsc-support-program/#round-4

    Please contact the Support Program for details at HSC-DOLsupport4@evergreen.ca or call (647) 670-2265 for additional information. Applicant type

  • 2.5 Can I apply with more than one solution?

    Each organization can only be the Applicant on one application with one solution per round. You may appear on other applications as a collaborator or partner.

  • 2.6 Is it possible to apply for Incubation funding in Stage 1 with one organization as the Applicant, and then apply for Implementation funding in Stage 2 with a different organization as the Applicant?

    No, for a solution, the Applicant must remain as the same organization throughout all the Building for the Future Stages.

  • 2.7 Is it possible to apply as a corporation that is legal, but inactive or not operational?

    The Applicant must be a legal entity duly incorporated and validly existing in Canada. If the entity is no longer incorporated, they would not be eligible.

  • 2.8 Does the evaluation panel look at how long a company has been established?

    The legal entity may be newly incorporated to apply for the Challenge. The evaluation panel will consider the experience and capacity of the project team, and whether they have the expertise to carry the solution through the Incubation stage and into Stage 3 (Implementation). You have the opportunity to elaborate on your team’s capacity in Section 3 of the application form. Ensure to highlight all team members, their expertise, and their role on the project team. If there are any key gaps, make sure you describe how these will be addressed in Stage 2.

  • 2.9 Can two partners establish a company and apply?

    Yes, so long as they are a legal entity duly incorporated and validly existing in Canada. If the entity is no longer incorporated, they would not be eligible. Evaluators will be interested in the team’s capacity to deliver the solution so be sure to provide details about the team members in Section 3 of the application form.

3. Types of Solutions

  • 3.1 What are some example solutions?

    A list is available in Appendix B in the Applicant Guide. The examples are not intended as suggestions, but rather to demonstrate a range of potential responses to the Challenge statement.

  • 3.2 Are you evaluating applications based on the number of units being produced?

    No, the number of housing units created in the Challenge time frame is not part of the evaluation. This round is supporting the adoption, replication and scaling of construction processes, techniques, systems and materials in order to accelerate the creation and renovation of units. Please see the Applicant Guide for information regarding the Evaluation Criteria and information regarding when building units may be included as part of the solution activities.

  • 3.3 Are solutions applicable to multi-unit housing included?

    Yes, solutions relating to single unit dwellings, multi-unit structures, and mixed-use buildings are all applicable to this round.

  • 3.4 Are training solutions relevant to the Building for the Future Round of the Challenge?

    Solutions that primarily seek to develop training programs are not eligible for the Building for the Future Round. However, solutions may include training costs as expenses in their budget if these costs will be necessary to complete the Challenge, ensure the success of the solution, or to help support the long-term operations of any units built, tools created, systems developed, etc. as part of the Round activities.

  • 3.5 Are solutions that address regulatory dependencies of implementing a new construction approach relevant to the Building for the Future Round of the Challenge?

    As is the case for training programs, solutions that primarily seek to address regulatory dependencies are not eligible for this Round. However, solutions that require special regulatory permissions in order to be implemented, adopted, replicated, or scaled, may include related expenses for time and activities needed to do so.

  • 3.6 Does the proposed solution need to be completely new, or are underused solutions acceptable?

    Underused solutions, or solutions with limited adoption are acceptable and welcome. Solutions in this round are expected to have already completed some prototyping and testing, and they may be in use in a limited capacity.

  • 3.7 Are there any restrictions on commercialization of solutions?

    Solutions that have been commercialized are eligible for the program so long as they have only been adopted in a limited capacity. Please review the list of eligible and ineligible expenses in the Applicant Guide in the Challenge Structure – Funding section.

4. Application form

  • 4.1 How do I submit an application?

    Applications will be accepted through the online applicant form on the Impact Canada website. If you require a paper version, please request this by email at challenge@cmhc.ca no later than March 3rd, 2023. Paper applications must be received by the April 13th, 2023, 2:00 p. m. ET deadline (please allow time for delivery). Note that CMHC will not be responsible for any delays in receipt of a paper application.

    For guidance on filling out the applicant form, please refer to the Applicant Guide or reach out to the Housing Supply Challenge Support Program, run by Evergreen, by email at HSC-DOLsupport4@evergreen.ca or call (647) 670-2265.

    Note: Only materials submitted via the Application Form will be accepted and evaluated.

  • 4.2 Do all sections of the application need to be completed?

    Yes. If all required sections are not filled out by applicants, the application might be deemed incomplete and will not be evaluated. Questions that are optional are clearly marked.

  • 4.3 What level of detail should be included in the application form? For example, how detailed should the budget and work plan be? How detailed of a response is expected for the question about engaging those who will use, benefit or be affected by the solution be?

    Section 3.2 of the application form asks you to provide a detailed budget to account for the items and activities you will purchase or undertake if you are shortlisted to develop the Implementation plan for your solution. The constraints are the Stage 2 timeframe (July 2023-December 2023) and the budget you have secured for these activities, including up to $150,000 in Incubation Funding. The budget needs to show what the Incubation Funding would be used for. The numbers provided in the budget can be cost estimates that are further refined and updated during Stage 2 if the applicant is selected. The work plan needs to include a preliminary list of the project activities. The work plan can be used to put the items and activities mentioned on the budget into context. Like the budget, the work plan may be further refined and updated during Stage 2.

    The description of steps to engage with those who will use your solutions, those who might benefit from it, those who will be affected by it and those who will implement it should show some initial thinking around how people will be engaged to give feedback about the solution. Plans do not need to be confirmed, but they should be realistic and include clear identification of groups that would need to give input. Appendix C of the Applicant Guide provides additional guidance to support applicants to consider their activities and response to this question.

  • 4.4 Does Building for the Future round require a physical address of the proposed solution in the application?

    The application to the Building for the Future round does not require that the Applicant provide a physical address of the proposed solution for submission. Applicants are responsible for resolving any dependencies, including land acquisition, if that is required to realize their solution. Land acquisition is not an eligible expense in the Building for the Future round, so applicants who plan to acquire land to make their solution possible are advised to share how they will do so in Section 4 of the Application form.

5. Evaluation

  • 5.1 How will the funding recipients be chosen?

    A panel of evaluators, selected based on their specific expertise, will assess Stage 1 applications for shortlisting and for Incubation funding. Selection will be based on a combination of score relative to the evaluation criteria and the solution`s overall contribution toward addressing the Challenge statement.

  • 5.2 How does the evaluation panel decide on the amount of funding each project will get?

    Applicants shortlisted for Stage 2 will be eligible for $150 000 in Incubation funding. See the “Challenge Structure” section of the Applicant Guide for further details about funding and the evaluation selection process.

    When shortlisted applicants apply for Stage 3 Implementation funding, the applicant will propose a budget based on their project expenses. The evaluation panel reviews this proposed budget and determines how much to recommend for each funded solution that proceeds to Stage 3. Further details will be provided to shortlisted applicants in the Stage 2.

  • 5.3 Who will be on the evaluation panel?

    The evaluation panel will include external subject matter experts from various sectors (for example, engineers, builders, housing providers, architects, regulators, etc.). We are committed to assembling a diverse pan-Canadian panel to ensure an equitable evaluation process.

  • 5.4 How does the Building for the Future Round ensure there will be diverse perspectives, in particular perspectives from Inuit, First Nations and Metis communities, included in the evaluation and decision-making?

    For evaluation, CMHC assembles a panel of evaluators representing a variety of communities and regions, and selected based on their specific expertise in various sectors (for example, engineers, builders, housing providers, architects, regulators, etc.). Care is taken to ensure that evaluators with relevant background and expertise specific to the application are assigned to evaluate those applications.

6. Design process

  • 6.1 How does the Housing Supply Challenge ensure a diverse set of perspectives were included in the design of the challenges, particularly in regard to Inuit, First Nations and Metis communities? Does the design team seek new perspectives when designing each round?

    For each round of the Challenge, CMHC holds research interviews with those who are interested in participating, and who have a wide range of relevant expertise and experience. This process helps the design develop in a manner that is informed by diverse perspectives and is inclusive and welcoming to applicants with diverse backgrounds, including Inuit, First Nations and Métis. The program is iterative, and each round continues to build on the learnings of previous rounds in order to continually improve the inclusivity of the program.

    The designers develop a new list of people and organizations to invite for interviews for each round. In some instances, it is relevant to return to those interviewed in a previous round’s design but given the difference in topic from round to round, the list of those interviewed is substantially different.

7. Use of funds

  • 7.1 Can Incubation funding be used to pay the team members/staff for the time worked on the application before the submission?

    No, expenses incurred before the signing of the Stage 2 contribution letter application are not eligible for Incubation funding.

  • 7.2 What is the typical term for the contribution agreement for recipients funded to implement solutions in Stage 3?

    Contribution agreements for Implementation funding (Stage 3) will be negotiated in spring 2024 among applicants that are selected for their solution to be funded. All funding must be distributed in accordance with the contribution agreement by March 2025 at the latest. The term of the contribution agreement will be no longer than 15 months.

  • 7.3 How is funding distributed between team members from different organizations?

    One incorporated entity needs to be identified as the Applicant on the application form. This organization will receive the funding and distribute it according to what the team members have negotiated between themselves, and any agreements or arrangements between team members are the responsibility of the Applicant. See the Terms and Conditions in the Applicant Guide for further information.

  • 7.4 What will happen if there is a surplus or shortage in the budget?

    Applicants are responsible for managing their own budgets. Applicants are encouraged to propose realistic budgets for their solutions in their applications in order to help prevent budget surpluses and shortfalls. In cases where either of these circumstances occurs, the HSC team will discuss directly with shortlisted or funded applicants to determine next steps. If the Applicant is experiencing a budget shortage, they may be encouraged to seek outside sources of funding, or to look at other CMHC funding programs, like the Innovation Fund (if eligible) which can be stacked with the HSC funding.

8. Stacking funding

  • 8.1 Can I apply to the fourth Round of the Challenge even if I applied to previous Rounds?

    Yes, you can. Participants can only apply as a Lead Applicant once per round, but they can apply to multiple rounds if they wish to. Note that the same project activities cannot be funded by more than one Housing Supply Challenge round, but participants can apply to multiple rounds with different activities.

  • 8.2 I am considering applying to CMHC’s Innovation Fund and/or the Building for the Future round of the Housing Supply Challenge – which one should I apply to?

    Please refer to the table below to guide you as to how to best use the programs to support your solution. Note that you may apply to both programs as stacking of funding from other sources is permitted so long as the funding is used for different activities on the project(s).

      Building for the Future – Housing Supply Challenge Affordable Housing Innovation Fund
    Readiness level: I need support to get over the barriers to replicating, scaling or adopting my solution in order to be able to create more housing supply. Once those barriers are overcome, I will pursue funding for developing units as a later step.  
    Timeframe To apply to the Building for the Future Round, submit your application by April 13, 2023 at 2 p.m. ET. The Innovation Fund has a rolling intake so you may submit your application to that program at any time until it ends.
    Building units: I know that I will be able to produce units using my innovation before 2028 Note: It is an option but not a requirement to create units during the Challenge timeline ✔ (required)
    Type of funding : I cannot take on any funding that will require repayment  
    Type of funding: My solution needs a lot of money and it would be OK if some, or all of the funding, was repayable loans.

    Note: All funding provided through the Building for the Future round is not a loan and does not need to be repaid.

    The funding available in this program is as follows: $150 000 Incubation Funding (for each shortlisted applicant)

    $36.25M Implementation Funding (pool split amongst funded solutions according to their proposed budget and evaluation panel recommendations)

    ✔ Note: This fund has a total of $550 million that will be distributed over a 6-year period based on the applicant’s proposed budgets and terms negotiated on a case-by-case basis.
    Eligible expenses: I need funding to cover the operational costs to help my solution be replicated, scaled or adopted.  
    Applicant Supports: I am interested in Applicant Supports like networking events and/or skills building workshops including application writing.  
    Eliminating need for government subsidies: The innovation I am proposing will help eliminate the need for government grants subsidies in the future n/a ✔ (required)

9. Future Rounds of the Housing Supply Challenge

  • 9.1 What will be the topics of future rounds of the Challenge?

    Future rounds of the Housing Supply Challenge are expected to focus on Scaling Solutions.

Date modified: 2023-01-09