CMHC Round 2: Housing supply challenge

Launching June 2021

Do you have solutions to address the complex barriers in the housing pre-development process?

What is the Getting Started Round: Pre-development Processes?

“Getting Started” is the second round of the Housing Supply Challenge. In this round, we are looking for ideas and solutions to improve the pre-development of housing that is affordable in Canada – from idea to shovel, and everything in between! A variety of barriers delay and obstruct the pre-development of housing in Canada. Complex and opaque processes, long approval timelines, negative public perceptions, and antiquated regulations can complicate and the development of much-needed housing supply that is affordable.

We are inviting you to propose and develop locally relevant solutions that remove barriers to the development of housing that is affordable, with a specific focus on the pre-construction phase of projects. As with all rounds of the Housing Supply Challenge, we’re looking for system solutions, not building units. We want to hear your ideas about what needs to change, and how to change it, so we can build housing that is affordable more easily. 


The following organizations are encouraged to apply:

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

*All applicants must be affiliated with a legally incorporated organization

Participation in this round is open (but not limited) to:

  • Planners
  • Municipal staff
  • Architects, engineers, and consultants
  • Housing and infrastructure developers
  • Builders
  • Financial Institutions
  • Researchers

Prepare for applications to open

Round 2 launches in June 2021. Here’s what you can do to prepare before launch date:

  • Sign up below for more information to stay up to date
  • Consult with our support program at to start getting ready