1. Project Summary
  2. Funding
  3. Project Team
  4. Contact
  5. Additional Information

Project Summary

The National Housing Strategy (NHS) is a 10-year, $82 billion federal plan launched in 2017 to ensure more people living in Canada have access to safe, affordable, and inclusive housing.

A Safe and Affordable Place to Call Home is a large Carleton-led research study that brings together academic researchers from across the Social Sciences, Engineering, Architecture, Industrial Design, Medicine, and Health Sciences to analyze the outcomes of the NHS for the most vulnerable people across Canada. The research team will critically examine the three major funding vehicles of the NHS (National Housing Co-Investment Fund, Canada Community Housing Initiative, and Canada Housing Benefit), assess the effectiveness of the NHS goal to operationalize a rights-based approach to housing for all people living in Canada, explore meaningful alternatives to the existing models of affordable housing, and generate research to support the Indigenous Housing strategy and Focus on Northern Housing initiative.

Taking a longitudinal approach that follows people’s experiences over time, the research team will employ statistical, case study, participatory, technological, and qualitative methods in five provinces (Ontario, Saskatchewan, Quebec, Nova Scotia, and Alberta) and Canada’s North.

The Accessibility Institute will lead the accessibility component of this multi-focal study, including analysis of select public and non-profit housing.


This project is funded by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), in partnership with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), with a total budget of $4.8 million.

Project Team

Boris Vukovic, Accessibility Institute Lead
Liam O’Brien, Project Co-Director
Jacqueline Kennelly, Project Co-Director
Isobel Findlay, Theme-Based Team Lead
Elie Azar, Theme-Based Team Lead
Andrew Crosby, Theme-Based Team Lead
Chiara Del Gaudio, Theme-Based Team Lead
Kevin Fitzmaurice, Theme-Based Team Lead
Jerry Pivaga, Project Coordinator
Damola Adetoyese-Olagunju, First Voice Coordinator
Marrissa Mathews, Indigenous Coordinator
Safa Abdulmalik, Communications and Social Media Coordinator

The project team also includes International Advisors and research teams from Carleton University, University of Cape Breton, University of Saskatchewan, University of Toronto, Trent University, Laurentian University, Western University, University of British Columbia, University of Calgary, and University of New Brunswick.


For inquiries about this project, please contact Jacqueline Kennelly.

Additional Information

For additional information and ongoing updates about this project, visit the Safe and Affordable Place to Call Home website.