Do you know?

About Homelessness in Canada

  • Canada is the only G8 country that does not have a national housing strategy.
  • The United Nations has described housing and homelessness in Canada as a “national emergency”.
  • It is estimated that 250,000 people are homeless in Canada and that one in five families live in poverty.
  • Only 5% of housing in Canada is social housing.  By contrast, Sweden and the United Kingdom have 22% social housing.

About Homelessness in British Columbia

  • There has been no official province homeless count but it is estimated that there are upwards of 15,000 people homeless in BC.
  • According to researchers, poverty has now overtaken mental illness and addictions as the leading cause of homelessness.
  • Researchers estimate that 41% of all Aboriginal people in BC are at-risk of being homeless and 23% are homeless.

About Homelessness in Metro Vancouver

  • The 2008 homeless count found more than 2,600 people living in shelters or on the street.  This is a 22% increase over 2005.
  • 13% of people living in shelters in reported having full-time jobs.
  • The Tri-Cities, Burnaby & Maple Ridge had the largest percentage growth in homelessness between 2005 and 2008.

Building on our 2009 Speak-up Campaign for Homelessness Action Week add your voice to the many community leaders who are calling for a national affordable housing strategy and an end to homelessness.

Add your organization by contacting info(at) or calling 778.786.2838.

Individuals can sign on here.

Get involved in Homelessness Action Week

Are you interested in volunteering for Homelessness Action Week events?

Click here to sign-up.

Do you want to know about events planned for Homelessness Action Week?

Take a look at the events calendar for BC and the Yukon.

Are you a blogger? Do you manage a website?

Link to Homelessness Action Week with buttons and banners here.