Defining and Enumerating Homelessness in Canada (Background Paper)

Having no single definition, "homelessness," is understood to encompass a variety of housing situations and homelessness experiences. Similarly, in large part because measuring this population poses significant methodological challenges, there are no precise statistics on the extent of homelessness in Canada. Therefore, researchers and policy-makers rely on what can be measured. Information about shelter capacities and more local point-in-time counts provide important insights into homelessness in Canada.

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