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In this issue:

  • Symposium 2017
  • Fall PHRN Newsletter
  • Student Opportunity: Innovation Fund
  • Vancouver Homeless Count
  • Upcoming Workshops

About Us:

Pacific Housing Research Network facilitates multi-sectoral research focused on housing affordability and sustainability, and fosters dialogue and collaboration among housing stakeholders across B.C. to encourage the effective application of research results to housing solutions. 
Symposium 2017

Join PHRN researchers at our Symposium 2017 co-located with the Housing Central conference November 19 and 20 in Richmond BC. The PHRN sessions are filled with interesting and relevant research presentations. Here is a taste of the PHRN Panels included in the Symposium:

  • Inclusion and Engagement
  • Housing Partnerships
  • What Do People Want? (housing preferences)
  • Data, Measures & Cool Maps

Find the summary schedule here.
Click here for the full Symposium Program with detailed information on the research and researchers!
For details on how to register, go to the 2017 Housing Central website

Fall PHRN Newsletter

The fall PHRN newsletter is available now and it is a good way to get to know the network.  You will find information about research happening across the province to facilitate affordable and sustainable housing. Featured in this issue is research on the settlement and housing experiences of recent immigrants in small and mid-sized cities. Find the newsletter here.

Student Opportunity!
Innovation Fund — Student Challenge for Affordable Rental Housing

The Innovation Fund Student Challenge for Affordable Rental Housing is an exciting opportunity for any student registered in an accredited post-secondary educational institution in Canada who has a new and fresh approach to creating affordable rental housing.

Students can work individually or create a team, the goal is to rethink and revolutionize the affordable rental housing sector. Cash prizes of $10,000 will be awarded to winning submissions. In addition, winners may be eligible for funding to help transform their innovative concept into a tangible project.
  • The goal of the Affordable Rental Innovation Fund is to encourage new funding models and innovative building techniques in the rental housing sector.
  • This Student Challenge is seeking affordable rental housing solutions that are new to Canada, with innovative building techniques and business or financing models that lower the costs and risks associated with rental housing.
  • Projects submitted must also meet criteria related to: affordability, financial viability, energy efficiency and accessible features.
  • All applications must be submitted to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) by 11:59 p.m. EST on April 30, 2018 in order to be eligible.
To learn more, go to CMHC. You can also contact the Student Challenge for Affordable Rental Housing team at

Vancouver Homeless Count

The 2017 Vancouver homeless count report has been released. The report, conducted by the BCNPHA research department, revealed a 30% increase in homelessness. A full data report is available with valuable information on demographics, sources of income, and existing barriers to housing. Read details here.
Upcoming Workshops: Building Knowledge and Capacity for Affordable Housing in BC Small Communities

While almost all communities in BC have policies in their Official Community Plans (OCPs) supporting the development of affordable housing, implementation of these policies and actually getting homes built remains a challenge. A recent study by the Columbia Basin Trust identified a pervasive gap in affordable housing in 25 municipalities.

This fall, BC Housing has partnered with the Whistler Centre for Sustainability to host workshops in three BC communities, Castlegar, Cranbrook and Courtenay to address the affordable challenge in small communities. Workshops qualify for 6 CPL learning credits for Planning Institute of BC members and 5 CPD points through BC Housing.

To find out more, and to register, go to the 
Centre for Sustainability Whistler, or email

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