Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation - CMHC

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Planning Assistant

Jul 10, 2017
71,994 - 80,002
Vancouver, British Columbia
Early Career

2 year contract

Granville Island is administered by CMHC on behalf of the Federal Government. The mission of CMHC with respect to Granville Island, is to maintain and foster Granville Island as a unique urban oasis in the heart of Vancouver, a place where visitors of all ages and income can meet, browse, explore and experience a variety of cultural, recreational, educational, commercial retail, arts and industrial activities on a year round basis.

The Island's special ambiance has been created through a joint public, private and non-profit enterprise respectful of its heritage, committed to its excellence and mindful of its purpose.

The Island is an urban park serving about 10.0 million people each year providing a sound business environment for 275 businesses and bringing jobs for 2,800 people on a 17 hectare site comprising both land and water.

Bring your planning and project management skills and passion for vital public places, as we begin implementing the recommendations of the Granville Island 2040 report.

CMHC released Granville Island 2040, a comprehensive report aimed at reinvigorating Granville Island and setting a dynamic vision for its continued long-term success. From the Granville Island 2040 recommendations, a number of quick start projects have been identified as priorities.

These projects include:

  • Transportation planning initiatives aimed at increasing access by transit, bicycle, pedestrian, ferry, car-pooling and other modes other than single occupant private car
  • Expansion of the Public Market and the creation of a Market District
  • Repurposing of Emily Carr University of Art + Design buildings
  • Increasing the number and variety of arts and cultural activities at Granville Island
  • Development of new public spaces and upgrades to existing spaces

How you will be contributing

Under the direction of, and reporting to, the Project Manager, Planning & Development, you will help the Granville Island team by advancing a variety of projects through a combination of:

  • Project management: Day-to-day project management of individual Granville Island 2040 projects. This will include coordination of internal processes and teams, as well as technical work conducted by consultants
  • Community engagement: Develop and oversee the execution of project specific stakeholder and public engagement strategies. Stakeholder groups include members of the Granville Island community, non-governmental organizations, and local resident associations.
  • Planning research: At the direction of Project Manager, Planning and Development, conduct independent research in support of specific projects. Topics might include: transportation data and analysis; market trends in food culture; economic impact of arts and culture and public spaces; and others
  • On-going support to other project leaders, as directed

What we are looking for

  • A degree or diploma in relevant field (e.g., Planning, Urban Studies, Geography)
  • A background or interest in one or more of the following: transportation, public markets, public space and placemaking, sustainability
  • 1-3 years relevant experience in a relevant field: planning; development; project management; community development. An equivalent combination of experience and education will be considered.
  • Membership in the Canadian Institute of Planners is an asset
  • A commitment to demonstrating CMHC values
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to develop partnerships
  • Excellent project management and organizational skills, including the ability to multi-task and manage numerous projects concurrently
  • Excellent written and oral communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to set priorities and adapt to change
  • Strong problem-solving, negotiating and decision making skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to manage budgets
  • Intermediate to advanced level skills in computer software packages including presentation software

Core Competencies

  • Valuing and Respecting Individuals, Client Focus, Entrepreneurship/Innovation

Functional Competencies

  • Analytical Thinking, Communication (Presenting and Influencing), Forward/Strategic Thinking, Open-mindedness/Listening, Project Management, Teamwork.


This job posting will be active until 11:59 p.m. EDT on July 10, 2017, however, the competition may remain active until a successful candidate has been chosen.

A chance to make a difference. The opportunity to achieve your goals.

To Note

  • We sincerely thank all candidates for their interest, however, please note that only those applicants selected for further consideration will be contacted. If selected for an interview, please advise us if you require an accommodation.
  • Selected candidates may be required to do a presentation or assessment as part of the interview. If so, they will be advised in advance. In the event that tests are administered, candidates will also be advised in advance.
  • Candidates must be eligible for Reliability Clearance.