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Canada Without Poverty - Just the Facts.

An estimated 235,000 people in Canada experienced homelessness in 2016, with roughly 35,000 people being homeless on any given night. Almost 1 in every 5 households experience serious housing affordability issues (spending over 50% of their low income on rent) which puts them at risk of homelessness.

Raising The Roof - What is homelessness?

These facts and figures provide a snapshot of the issue of homelessness in Canada:

  • An estimated 235,000 Canadians experience homelessness each year

  • 35,000 Canadians experience homelessness on any given night

  • 50,000+ Canadians experience hidden homelessness, such as couchsurfing, sleeping in a car, or other precarious housing

  • 20% of the homeless population are young people aged 16-24

  • Aboriginal peoples are over-represented in the homeless population – 1 in 4 people experiencing homelessness identify as Aboriginal or First Nations

  • One of the fastest-growing demographics of the homeless population is children & families

    • 10% of Canadian families live below the low-income cut-off

    • 14% of Canadian children live in poverty

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