Check out our infographic on affordable housing in Canada (click image to view full size in pdf).
*Please note: the shelter bed vs. affordable housing costs for Toronto represent the municipal costs only.
**The original version of this infographic incorrectly stated the cost for keeping someone on the street was $48,000 instead of $40,000. Our apologies for this error. The infographic has been corrected and updated to indicate that this figure comes from a study in Vancouver.
**The assertion that Canada is the only G8 country without a plan is under dispute. Some questions whether federal policies in Germany, Italy, Japan are, in fact, national housing plans.
1Homelessness & housing need in Canada:
Defining and enumerating homelessness in Canada. Library of Parliament. https://lop.parl.ca/content/lop/ResearchPublications/prb0830-e.htm
Housing conditions and core housing need. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).
2 Affordable housing waitlists & average rents:
Waitlists for affordable housing data:
- Vancouver: BC Housing
- Calgary: City of Calgary
- Yellowknife: YWCA Yellowknife
- Toronto: Housing Connections (http://www.housingconnections.ca/pdf/MonthlyReports/2012/Monthly%20Repor...)
- Iqaluit: Iqaluit Public Housing Authority
- Montreal: Office municipal d'habitation de Montreal
- Halifax: Metro Regional Housing Authority
- St. John's: City of St. John's, Non-Profit Housing Division
Rental market report: Canada highlights. CMHC.
3Federal housing investments:
A budget for the rest of us: Alternative federal budget 2012. Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
4Housing vs. alternatives:
The Cost of Homelessness: Analysis of Alternate Responses in Four Canadian Cities. Steve Pomeroy.
The blueprint to end homelessness in Toronto. Wellesley Institute. http://www.wellesleyinstitute.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/TheBlueprin...
In from the margins: A call to action on poverty, housing and homelessness. The Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology.
[The impact of housing investments on GDP]: Canada’s Economic Action Plan: a 6th report to Canadians (September 2010), p. 142. Government of Canada
The real cost of homelessness. Stephen Gaetz.