Minister finley Announces Recipients of CMHC Housing Research Grants

    OTTAWA, April 29 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada and Minister Responsible for
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), today awarded 17 Canadian
researchers grants of up to $25,000 each under CMHC's External Research
    "The External Research Program is an excellent way to encourage
researchers to conduct relevant, high-quality and innovative housing research
projects that address the housing needs of Canadians and contribute to
improving the sustainability of housing in Canada." said Minister Finley. "Our
Government applauds the individuals who have been selected and their
dedication to ensuring that our housing system and technologies meet the needs
of future generations."
    This year's grants, which total approximately $375,000, encourage
researchers working in universities, private consulting firms, housing-related
professions and the housing industry to conduct research on housing issues.
Research produced under the program is available through CMHC's Canadian
Housing Information Centre (CHIC).
    A national committee of housing experts, that includes experienced
researchers and practitioners in academic institutions and housing-related
professions, selects grant recipients on the basis of the quality of their
proposals. Under the program, researchers submit their proposed projects in
the fall, and they are reviewed in February.
    Launched in 1980, the External Research Program has provided more than
655 grants for research on a number of topics such as energy efficiency,
sustainability, and assessing the housing conditions and needs of at-risk

    CMHC has been Canada's national housing agency for more than 60 years.
CMHC is committed to helping Canadians access a wide choice of quality,
affordable homes, while making vibrant, healthy communities and cities a
reality across the country.

    Results of a wide range of housing research sponsored by CMHC may be
obtained by calling 1-800-668-2642 or by visiting the CMHC Web site at

    A list of the recipients is attached.

                   Backgrounder - 2009 ERP Grant Recipients


    Etches     Vera         Role of Public Health Inspectors in Maintaining
                            Housing in Northern and Rural Communities

    Fuller     Paddy        An Analysis of Housing Affordability - Update to

    Fung       Alan S.      Least Cost Analysis for Canadian New Housing

    Gilbert    Richard      Location and Gasoline Price as Cofactors in Home

    Herbert    Yuill        Estimating the Greenhouse Gas Implications of
                            Land-use Patterns: A Methodology for Local

    Johnson    Harry        Survey of Characteristics in Homes with Elevated
               Markham      Radon Levels

    Karava     Panagiota    Design Wind-loads for Residential Photovoltaic

    King       Malcolm      Assessment of Indoor Air Pollution in Aboriginal
                            Housing and Its Impact on Respiratory Health of
                            Aboriginal Communities

    Knoefel    Frank        Feasibility of Smart Voice Technology to Improve
                            Support in Affordable Seniors' Housing

    Mattock    Christopher  Investigation of the Performance and Use of
                            Vacuum Insulated Panels in New and Existing Wood
                            Frame Construction

    Spurr      Peter        The Potential of Replotting to Improve the
               Tremaine     Sustainability of Cities in Western Canada

    Sylvestre  John         Using Photovoice to Evaluate the Implementation
                            of Supportive Housing in Ottawa

    Thompson   Jane         Community Environmental (Carbon Footprint)
                            Reduction Project

    Trocme     Michel       A Citizen's Guide to Density: Understanding
                            Residential Densities in the Greater Golden

    Vézina     Aline        Certification of Seniors' Residences in Quebec:
                            Facilitating and Constraining Factors

    Wallace    Bruce        Next Steps: Evaluating Transitional Housing for
                            the Homeless

    Wood       Robert       Radon Mitigation Methods in a Cold Climate

For further information:

For further information: Michelle Bakos, Office of the Honourable Diane
Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, (819)
994-2482; Kristen Scheel, CMHC Media Relations, (613) 748-2799

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