PT Student RC: Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Inclusive Housing for People with Developmental Disabilities

Job Title: Part-Time Student Research Coordinator

Are you interested in contributing to important work that solves meaningful challenges? Do you want to solve problems that impact real people? Then this work is for you!

Areas of Planning Involved

We are recruiting a post-secondary student to contribute to the work of the Social Financing for Social Inclusion CMHC (Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation) Solutions Lab.

Communicative Planning (engagement to support collaborative decision making), Sustainable Development, Affordable Housing

About this Solutions Lab Project

Adults with developmental disabilities are disproportionately affected by homelessness and a dire lack of affordable housing. Maintaining long-term tenancy can also be diffucult for these residents. Adults with developmental disabilities may face more significant challenges integrating into the community, resolving disputes with landlords or other residents, and require greater social support.

A solution to this problem is the Community Connector or Facilitator role. The Facilitator bridges connections to neighbourhood services, including recreational and social amenities, and helps deepen community ties between individuals, their housing community, and their broader neighbourhood.

While Community Facilitator programs are a proven tool to promote stable and inclusive tenancies for people with developmental disabilities, this role falls into a funding gap not typically covered through existing programs and, therefore, not implemented as widely as the need.

The goal of this project is to develop a social finance tool that can fund the widescale adoption of Community Facilitators across the country.

Why we need you!

We are looking for someone to support and coordinate the Lab’s consultation and research activities, including coordinating focus groups, taking notes, and writing consultation summaries. Your duties will also include supporting some research activities.

Tasks will include:

  • Coordinating focus groups (Scheduling, writing invitations, sending emails, sending calendar invitations).
  • Note-taking
  • Writing a summary (précis) of focus group feedback
  • Supporting research initiatives
  • Assisting principal investigators with various other tasks
  • Other Lab-related tasks as needed

Qualifications include:

  • Proven superior research, analytical, and problem-solving skills
  • High degree of comfort interacting with all types of people
  • Experience coordinating meetings
  • Ability to synthesize and communicate information concisely and accurately
  • Excellent note-taking and writing skills
  • Current enrolment in the undergraduate or graduate studies program
Duration: Part-time October to December (may be extended)
Hours: Approx 1.5-2 days a week, will vary. 
Location: Remote position
Start Date: To Be Confirmed
Rate of Pay: $20/hour

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to The deadline to apply is September 20th, 2022. Late applications will not be considered.

Friday, September 30, 2022