Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals Report, 2022
Goal 11, Sustainable Cities and Communities

Release date: December 13, 2022
Sustainable Development Goals: Goal 11, Sustainable Cities and Communities
Description: Sustainable Development Goals: Goal 11, Sustainable Cities and Communities

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Core Housing Need in Canada

In 2021, 1 in 10 households lives in core housingNote 1 need. Among households in Canada, 20% lived in unaffordable housing, 5% lived in unsuitable housing, and 7% lived in inadequate housing. In Canada, 27% of respondents who have experienced homelessness lived in core housing need while 21% of women+Note 2 living alone lived in core housing need.


In 2021, 70% of Canadians reported a somewhat strong or very strong sense of belonging to their local community. Males aged 12-17 had the strongest sense of belonging at 85% while males aged 18-34 had the weakest sense of belonging at 63%.

Transit Passenger Trips

There were a total of 778 million passenger tripsNote 3 in 2021. Total passenger trips were 59% lower than pre-pandemic levels.

Community Spotlight: Green Communities Canada

Green Communities Canada empowers community organizations to create new urban green space by tearing up unused pavement and planting trees. Since 2012, they have been active in 32 cities, converted 16,385 m2, and planted 334 trees and 11,543 perennial flowers.

Sources: Statistics Canada, Canadian Housing Survey, 2021. Statistics Canada, Monthly Passenger Bus and Urban Transit Survey, 2022. Statistics Canada, Canadian Community Health Survey – Annual Component, 2022. Green Communities Canada, 2022.

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