Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) is a crown corporation of the federal government that serves as Canada’s authority on housing. The CMHC contributes to the stability of the housing market and financial system, provides support for Canadians in housing need, and offers research and advice to Canadian governments, consumers and the housing industry.
Employment and Social Development Canada (federal)
Employment and Social Development Canada is responsible to improve the standard and quality of living for Canadians. This department oversees social-based programs that relate to housing and homelessness.
Ministry of Seniors and Housing
Alberta Seniors and Housing consists of the Department of Seniors and Housing and the Alberta Social Housing Corporation. It is responsible for programs that improve the independence and well-being of Alberta’s aging population and development of non-market housing for Albertans that are most in need.
General Housing & Homelessness
Alberta Interagency Council on Homelessness
The Alberta Interagency Council on Homelessness provides guidance on policy, regulatory and program changes to successfully implement the Government of Alberta’s 10-year plan to end homelessness in Alberta.
Alberta Public Housing Administrators’ Association
The Alberta Public Housing Administrator’s Association represents the senior administrators of publicly funded housing agencies.
Alberta Rural Development Network
The Alberta Rural Development Network (ARDN) is governed by nine of Alberta’s public colleges, universities, and technical institutes that work together to enhance rural development. The ARDN offers research opportunities for communities and delivers the Sustainable Housing Initiative that offers hands-on support for municipalities that are looking to advance non-market housing in the local community.
Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness
The Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness leads a national movement to end homelessness in Canada.
Canadian Housing and Renewal Association
The Canadian Housing and Renewal Association is a national voice for the full range of affordable housing and homelessness issues and solutions. Members include affordable housing providers, municipalities, provincial departments, non-profit organizations or the private sector.
Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada
The Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada serves as Canada’s voice for co-op housing, and Alberta is supported by the Northern Alberta Co-operative Housing Association and the Southern Alberta Co-operative Housing Association.
Federation of Canadian Municipalities
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) is the national voice of municipal governments. Affordable housing is a key issue for the FCM as they advocate for increased investments by the Government of Canada that will support municipalities.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity is an international organization devoted to creating safe, decent and affordable shelter for those that are in need. The model relies on donations and volunteers to construct homes that are purchased by low-income households at below-market prices with zero interest mortgages.
The HOME Program is an Alberta-based service to help low income people become homeowners, through education, financial assistance and one-on-one counselling. Qualifying households that complete the HOME education requirements can apply for down payment assistance of up to 2.5 per cent of purchase price. Partners of the program include the Alberta Real Estate Association’s Affordable Housing Initiative, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the Alberta Real Estate Foundation and the Capital Regional Housing’s CTD Housing Solutions.
The Homeless Hub is a web-based research library and information centre that is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council through the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness. The Hub offers over 30,000 resources on homelessness.
International Association of Public Participation
The International Association of Public Participation supports public engagement practitioners and offers tools that can support municipalities in their efforts to engage communities for new housing developments.
PolicyWise for Children & Families
PolicyWise for Children & Families is a government-funded non-profit corporation devoted to research for evidence-informed policy and practice that will improve the wellbeing of children and families in Alberta. Part of its mandate can involve funding and research on affordable housing and its outcome for children.
Raising the Roof
Raising the Roof uses public education to raise awareness and attention to the challenges of homelessness. The organization supports community agencies across Canada and offers resources such as toolkits to address housing issues.
Alberta Continuing Care Association
The Alberta Continuing Care Association represents the owners and operators of long-term care and designated assisted living facilities including home care and support organizations.
Alberta Seniors Communities & Housing Association
The Alberta Seniors Communities & Housing Association (ASCHA) advocates on behalf of the owners and operators of seniors housing in Alberta and offers a seniors housing directory. ASCHA is the primary advocate for housing management bodies that are often funded by municipalities.
Seniors Housing Society of Alberta
The Seniors Housing Society of Alberta enables supportive and assisted living providers of seniors housing to share best practices and explore better delivery options with all orders of government.
Women and Domestic Violence
Alberta Council for Women’s Shelters
The Alberta Council for Women’s Shelters is an ambassador for women’s shelters in Alberta that offers support to members, a directory of shelters and resources on domestic violence.
Canadian Federation of Apartment Associations
The Canadian Federation of Apartment Associations (CFAA) represents the owners and managers of close to one million private residential rental suites in Canada.
Canadian Home Builders’ Association
The Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA) represents the residential construction industry including developers, builders, trades, manufacturers and suppliers involved in residential housing. The CHBA advocates for federal affordable housing investments while also focused on provincial and municipal initiatives to reduce the cost of development.
Urban Development Institute
The Urban Development Institute (UDI) Alberta represents the land development industry that advocates for competitive, predictable and sustainable business environments that support community building.