Rapid Housing Initiative

Delivered by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), under the National Housing Strategy (NHS), the Rapid Housing Initiative (RHI) provides funding to support the rapid development of new permanent affordable housing units, either via new construction or the conversion and/or rehabilitation of existing buildings, for people and populations who are vulnerable and prioritized by CMHC under the NHS.

RHI is a $2.5 billion program that has supported the rapid construction of over 10,000 new affordable homes across Canada through two rounds of funding. Projects within Calgary have secured RHI funds through rounds 1 and 2 to support the development of new affordable homes for Calgarians.

Through Budget 2022, the Government of Canada is investing an additional $1.5 billion over two years, starting in 2022-2034, to extend RHI for a third round.

Calgary is one of 41 municipalities selected to receive RHI 3 funding. Municipalities have been informed of their funding allocation and minimum expected number of new affordable housing units.

The City of Calgary is committed to supporting the not-for-profit housing sector to secure funding through the third round of RHI.

RHI Round Three

CMHC announced the third round of RHI on November 10, 2022, with $1.5 billion to be available over the next two years through the Cities Stream ($500 million) and Projects Stream ($1 billion).

The City has been allocated funding through the Cities Stream, which must be used to create a minimum number of new permanent affordable housing units. The City is also aiming to support organizations with their Projects Stream applications. To achieve this goal, we are seeking to identify eligible non-profit housing providers and projects that meet the terms and criteria set out by CMHC.

CMHC’s application window for the Cities and Project streams will be open from December 12, 2022 until March 15, 2023.

City of Calgary Process

The City has prepared a public Terms of Reference that establishes the process, expectations, commitments, and role of The City in evaluating non-profit applications that are seeking City of Calgary RHI 3 funding.

To supplement the Terms of Reference, key details of The City’s RHI 3 process are described below.

Overview:

The City has developed an intake and evaluation process, building on our experience from RHI 1 and 2, including:

  • An open intake process to identify eligible projects that are seeking City-support for the Cities Stream or Projects Stream.
  • All applications will be subject to a comprehensive risk review, which will include an assessment of both the project and the applicant.
  • Projects will be scored and prioritized according to criteria established by both CMHC and The City, as described below.
  • NEW: Applicants are being asked to provide 20 per cent of their project’s capital funding from other sources in order to be considered for City of Calgary RHI 3 funding. This is being implemented to support The City meeting its minimum unit requirements in the Cities Stream and ensure Projects Stream applications are competitive nationwide.
  • The City will be aiming to support projects in both the Cities and Projects Streams, however the type and level of support will be at The City’s discretion and is subject to Council approval.

Evaluation Criteria:

The City will score and rank projects using a combination of CMHC criteria and City priorities. Based on the ranking, projects will be included in The City of Calgary RHI 3 Investment Plan, which will be brought to Council for approval. 

For a list of CMHC scoring criteria, review the RHI Applicant Guide 2023 in particular the “APPENDIX — RHI 3 PRIORITIZATION SCORING GRID”.

Applications that align with City priorities, including, but not limited to, Transit Oriented Development, the Downtown Strategy, the Established Areas Growth & Change Strategy, Anti-Racism and social equity will be prioritized. In advancing The City’s commitment to Truth & Reconciliation, Indigenous led, owned and operated projects that will contribute to culturally relevant affordable housing within City limits will also be prioritized.

The City acknowledges the value of cost-sharing within the CMHC scoring criteria. We highly encourage applicants to secure funding from other sources over the 20 per cent minimum that is being requested by The City before finalizing applications. 

Key Dates:

  • December 6, 2022 to January 6, 2023: Applications accepted for City of Calgary RHI 3 funding.
    • Includes applicants seeking to receive funding through the Cities Stream and the opportunity to receive The City’s support for their project under the Cities and Project Stream.
       
  • December 7 and 8, 2022: virtual RHI 3 information and Q&A sessions led by The City. More information below.

  • January 11 to 24, 2023: City conducts risk review of all projects to determine eligibility for City of Calgary RHI 3 funding.

  • January 25 to 27, 2023: Scoring and ranking of eligible projects.

  • January 30 to February 6, 2023: Communication to all applicants.

  • February 14, 2023: City of Calgary RHI 3 Investment Plan, which includes the recommended projects to receive City-support, presented to Council for approval.

  • February 15 to March 15, 2023: City to work with applicants to finalize application packages to CMHC.

How to apply:

  • Download and complete the City Intake and Application Form and submit all required documentation by 5 p.m. January 6, 2023. 
  • All required documentation to support the RHI 3 application is described within the form. A secured folder will be provided to each applicant for each project.
  • A completed form and required documentation are needed for each project.
  • E-mail RHI@calgary.ca to receive a link to a secure application folder.
  • Review CMHC eligibity for the Major Cities Stream and Project Stream before completing the form.

Information sessions:

The City is offering an RHI 3 Information and Q&A session. The session will highlight the RHI 3 program with a strong focus on City of Calgary process and details.

Please click on one of the links below to register (sessions will cover the same material). 

Contact information

If you are a housing provider with questions about the RHI program in Calgary please contact RHI@calgary.ca. If you would like to learn more about the National RHI visit the CMHC National Housing Strategy, Rapid Housing Initiative page.

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