Kelly Sears has been engaged by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) to conduct an Evaluation of the Rapid Housing Initiative (RHI). The RHI is part of the Government of Canada’s response to urgent housing needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and the lack of affordable housing supply in the market.  The Government has committed $2.5 billion to construct 4.500 new housing units across Canada, to be built by March 2023. The study will involve an in-depth literature review; interviews within CMHC and with a sample of project proponents and other stakeholders; and an analysis of the initiative’s cost-effectiveness. The study is being conducted between October 2022 and February 2023.