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

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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.

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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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