Rapid Housing Initiative
The National Housing Strategy (NHS) is a 10-year plan that aims to deliver much-needed housing for Canadians. The plan brings together the public, private, and non-profit sectors to provide affordable housing through a mix of funding, grants and loans.
This comprehensive strategy will create stable, livable communities in areas with access to essential amenities and transportation, and with the resources needed to help families thrive. The strategy is to make sure all Canadians have access to housing that is affordable and meets their needs, with the initial focus being on the most vulnerable Canadians.
It is an incredibly ambitious goal, and a key element is the Rapid Housing Initiative or RHI. Canada’s Rapid Housing Initiative is a federal program designed to help Canadians access safe, accessible, and affordable housing. The program aims to create up to 3,000 new housing units across the country and provide rent subsidies to households in need.
The initiative will also provide funding for repairs and retrofits of existing housing units, as well as creating new units. The goal of the initiative is to reduce homelessness and provide safe, secure housing to Canadians.
Modular construction is an obvious choice for potential Rapid Housing Initiative (RHI) projects because modular projects can be completed faster than traditional construction, and with much more efficient use of resources, materials, and labour. Our 20-25% faster timelines mean your project can be completed with in the 18 month period mandated by the funding requirements.
With up to 90% of a project being completed indoors, in a controlled factory environment, off-site steel modular construction dramatically reduces waste, requires less energy, optimizes recycling efficiencies and delivers a stronger, healthier, better-built product.
As the modular components are produced on a modern assembly line, the quality of the product is much more consistent and reliable, and weather delays and damage are a thing of the past. Modular buildings are built under strict QA/QC controls in-factory to standards that meet and often exceed those of site-built projects.
The Rapid Housing Initiative (RHI) targets rapid housing and delivery of units to vulnerable communities within 12-18 months. BECC will help you efficiently complete your project application with a keen eye to meeting the strict compliance standards. We can’t wait to help you bring to reality your rapid housing initiative!
The following is an overview of the RHI program and a summary of key features and considerations. For full details on the program, and to learn more about the application process, you should consult the CMHC site:
New construction of multi-unit rental housing projects which may include the acquisition of land.
All units must serve priority populations as identified in the National Housing Strategy. These are people who are, or otherwise would be, in severe housing need or experiencing, or at imminent risk of homelessness.
RHI funding will support the new construction of single, scattered units up to larger multi-unit rental projects, which can include the acquisition of land. Traditional construction methods and modular housing will be accepted if the units can be delivered within the timelines that apply to the projects’ location.
Traditional Construction refers to construction techniques (for example: wood-frame, steel frame, concrete, etc.) in which the work and construction activities are primarily performed on site.
Modular Housing units are defined as housing units which are partially or fully built off-site (for example: a factory, warehouse, or similar facility) by a qualified manufacturer and delivered to the site in whole or in parts and installed on an appropriately zoned and serviced lot. This may range from single, scattered units up to larger multi-unit housing projects. The modular housing units are expected to meet code compliance for permanent year round occupancy of the authority having jurisdiction.
There are additional specific requirements used to determine project viability. More information is available here:
Recipients are expected to deliver completed units within 18 months (within 24 months for those in the North, or in remote or special access communities).
RHI funding cannot cover operational expenses or support services.
Proponents are fully responsible for cost increases / overruns / change orders.
A separate application will be required for each build if the building type for each building if the building type, location /community, type of intervention, or evaluation criteria are different.
For identical buildings only one application is required.
Applications will be assessed and prioritized for RHI funding based on the scoring criteria, in addition to other considerations such as projects targeting women and/or women and their children and geographic representation.
Additionally, Compliance with previous RHI funding agreements and other initiatives may impact RHI eligibility and/or total confirmed prioritization score.
Applies to both government and non-goverment entities:
Applies only to non-government entities:
December 12, 2022: Application portal opens.
March 15, 2023: Application window closes.
July 1, 2023: Reviews of all applications in the Projects stream are expeced to be completed. July 1st is the date to be used for expediency scoring.
March 31, 2024: All funds to be committed, no further funding available
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