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Study: A review of Canadian homelessness data, 2023

Released: 2023-06-16

In 2021, 2.2% of the Canadian population indicated that they had experienced homelessness at some point in their life. This report investigates some of the ongoing challenges with measuring homelessness, including the following: defining concepts of homelessness and their measurement strategies; collecting the appropriate attributes (e.g., sociodemographic data); the limited frequency of collection and time of publication; and, analyzing the pathways and trajectories into and out of stable housing. It also sheds light on how strengthening existing concepts, conducting additional record linkages and building better data partnerships can contribute to developing a national portrait of homelessness in Canada.


The study "A review of Canadian homelessness data, 2023," part of the Income Research Paper Series (Catalogue number75F0002M), is now available.

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