Housing researchers benefit
Searching for new ideas to improve design and supply

by Nancy Gardiner
Northern News Services

NNSL (Feb 26/97) - Twenty-three Canadian researchers will receive $20,000 each in grants to study housing.

The grants come from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporations external research program.

The intent of the program is to encourage development of good ideas and innovative solutions as well as promote a better understanding of housing issues. The federal minister responsible for CMHC, Diane Marleau, says she is pleased at the positive response received from researchers.

About 122 applications were received.

The successful applicants carry out research projects in priority areas.

They include: sustainable development, housing in the national and international economy, housing affordability, housing people with different needs, rental markets, housing renovation and residential building performance and technical innovation.

The grants, which total almost $435,000, encourage private and non-profit sector researchers as well as those employed in academic institutions, to submit their ideas on housing issues for investigation.

When the studies are completed, CMHC will publish and disseminate the results.

Recipients of the grants were selected on the basis of merit, according to a press release.

Significance of their projects were determined by a national committee of housing experts.

Committee representatives included experienced researchers and practitioners in government, academic institutions, housing-related professions and business.