Youth Homelessness in Canada

  • 35,000-40,000 young people (ages 13-24) experience homelessness per year.

  • 20% of the Canadian homelessness population are youth between 13 and 24.

  • 68.7% have been victims of a crime (including 53.8% being physically and/or sexually assaulted).

  • 42% have attempted suicide at least once, and 35.2% have had at least one serious overdose.

Toronto

  • 10,000 youth are on the streets each year.

  • 45.7% of homeless youth reported being attacked in the past year.

  • 65% of homeless youth come with families with substance abuse problems.

  • 90% of homeless youth have experience abuse and poverty.

  • 40% of youth arriving at shelters have gone without food at least 1 day that week.

Kingston

  • 50% of youth in shelters are female – far higher than the national average.

  • 40% of homeless youth identify as LGBT.

  • 1 in 3 shelter users are youth, compared to 1 in 5 nationally.

  • 77% of homeless youth were approached for prostitution, drugs, criminal, or other exploitive activities within 45 minutes of arriving unaccompanied on the street.

London

  • The number of independent youth under 19 years of age accessing emergency shelter increased 1100% between 2011 and 2016.

  • Independent youth accessing emergency shelter in London are getting younger (14 in 2014 vs. 18 in 2011).

  • Young females are overrepresented: 42% of females accessing emergency shelter were 29 years of age or younger between 2011 and 2016, in comparison to 28% of males in the same age range.

Montréal

  • The mortality rate of homeless youth is 11x higher than that of housed youth.

  • 30% of transitory housing occupants are youth.

  • 63% of homeless youth have pending legal troubles.

  • 76% have a drug dependence or addiction.

  • 62% have non-affective psychosis (for example, schizophrenia).

 

Want more information/references on these statistics?