Current Projects

Projects Underway

Denied Renting: The lived experience of rental discrimination in Canada

This project is an examination of the lived experience of tenants who have been discriminated against in their search for rental housing; as well as in other aspects of renting, including: during an active tenancy, terminations, and post-occupation. The objectives of this project are to examine and better understand the lived experience of rental discrimination (eg. at tenant screening, during a tenancy, decisions to terminate and post-occupancy), through a review of literature and qualitative interviews with tenants. It advances a gender-based plus approach to this issue, and seeks to better understand these experiences as they vary by gender. The project has a view towards affecting change in the rental sector by advancing discussions about discrimination and the development of strategies to prevent it and better meet the housing needs of vulnerable populations. This project is funded by funded by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).


Addressing the Housing Needs of Refugee Families through Transitional Housing and Wrap-around Supports

This project explores how the provision of affordable, transitional housing coupled with holistic programming and supports impacts refugee families' resettlement, enhances social inclusion, and contributes to their ability to access housing that meets their long-term needs. The IUS is working in partnership with the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba Inc. (IRCOM) on this project, which is funded by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) through the National Housing Strategy (NHS).

The objective is to develop a framework for pursuing data-driven research that compares housing and settlement trajectories of IRCOM tenants with a wider sample of newcomers to assess the model, its outcomes, and gaps. This initiative will allow IRCOM to build internal capacity for research and data collection. Looking forward, this project will enable IRCOM to take advantage of extensive internal data and provincial and national-level datasets to link the effects of programming with both housing and settlement outcomes, which will provide enhanced understanding and evidence of the efficacy of their model of housing and supports for newcomers families.


Project Archive by Date

2010 to 2021

2000 to 2009

1990 to 1999

1980 to 1989

1969 to 1979