Point-in-time counts, a method of analyzing homelessness, are leading to a clearer perspective regarding the staggering depth of Canada’s homelessness problem.  


Canada’s 2016 point-in-time counts included 32 Canadian areas, amongst them four large cities and 28 small to medium-sized communities. Numbers from these counts indicate that nearly 6,000 people were living in shelters, on the street, or in transitional facilities at the time the counts were conducted.


The 2016 counts additionally reveal that indigenous people are over-represented in the homeless population (being nine times more likely to experience homelessness than non-indigenous people), that veterans are more likely to be homeless for longer stretches of time (making up approximately 5% of the homeless population), and that female immigrants and refugees (making up 4% of the homeless population) are two times more likely that non-immigrants to cite domestic abuse as the reason for their circumstances.  

The shocking conclusions from these point-in-time counts have led the analysts to conclude that the Canadian government should be focusing their energies on creating targeted support programs for these vulnerable peoples.

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