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.
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.
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.
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.
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).