Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Housing Supply Challenge: Round 1 - Data Driven

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There will be five separate and unique rounds as part of the overall Challenge. Details and information surrounding each round will be released as they become available.

Round 1: Data Driven - Solutions for informed decision-making

We are challenging you to create data solutions that improve decision-making for housing supply across Canada.

Objectives of this round:

  • Identify and cultivate data solutions that positively impact housing supply that is affordable and meets people’s needs. 

  • Provide funding and support to implement and scale the most promising data solutions that target housing supply decision makers.

  • Create long-term partnerships to connect data expertise, housing expertise, and the communities that can enable housing supply initiatives. 

  • Create a culture of trust and openness in Canada to encourage the accessibility of housing data for everyone that might benefit from it. 

The Data Driven round invites applicants to submit data solutions or methodologies that improve the collection, sharing, analysis and integration, and/or presentation of data. The broad definition allows participants to determine the solution that best fits the needs of the identified problem.

We want decision makers to use the solutions to provide and maintain needed housing supply. Solutions should help government agencies, policy makers, private or not-for-profit organizations, etc. have a real impact on housing supply at a macro or a local level. 

  • Stage 1 - Application intake

    January 20, 2021

    Applicants will form collaborative teams to develop their solution idea for the Initial Submission. 

  • Up to 25 shortlisted applicants chosen from all applicants

    March 2021

    Up to 25 shortlisted applicants will receive $100 000 each to enter stage 2

  • Stage 2 - Prototype development

    March 2021 to September 2021

    Shortlisted applicants develop a prototype of their solution for the Final Submission.

  • Solutions chosen

    October 2021

    Selected solutions will share a pool of $22.5 million in funding through deliverable or milestone-based contribution agreements, ensuring the implementation is successful and expected outcomes are achieved.

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Housing Supply Challenge Support Program

Are you an applicant looking for additional support with your submission? Visit the CMHC Housing Supply Challenge Support Program, run by our partners at Evergreen. They are available to answer any questions about the application process and provide one-on-one support.

Round 1: Data Driven

Key Dates

  • Launch: October 23, 2020 
  • Initial Submissions: January 20, 2021
  • Shortlisted Applicants: March 2021
  • Stage 2 Final Submissions: September 29, 2021
  • Funded Solutions Announced: October 2021

Who can apply?

  • For-profit and not-for-profit organizations  
  • Indigenous organizations and groups 
  • Canadian post-secondary institutions  
  • Government (Provincial, territorial, municipal, local, and regional) 
  • Consulting firms
  • Teams composed of a variety of participants 


* All participants must be affiliated with a legally incorporated organization

Funding Allocation

  • Stage 1: Incubation funding for prototyping - 25 shortlisted applicants will receive $100,000 each
  • Stage 2: Implementation Funding - Selected solutions will share a pool of $22.5 million in funding

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