Pandemic, hot housing market fuel homelessness in rural Elgin County

An Elgin County health agency is hoping to tackle the growing homelessness crisis in rural communities amid increasing demand for its services. An Elgin County health agency is hoping to tackle the growing homelessness crisis in rural communities amid increasing demand for its services. Advertisement Article content West Elgin Community Health Centre is serving more […]

Saskatoon prepares bylaw to allow temporary shelters amid rising homelessness

The City of Saskatoon is preparing a bylaw to allow temporary shelters for people otherwise living on the streets over the winter. “This is a very urgent situation and we do need to build better solutions so that people have safe, affordable housing here in our community in all seasons,” Mayor Charlie Clark said. The River is […]

Nova Scotia pledges $10M to support people experiencing homelessness

Money will go to non-profits, mental health support over 2 years The Nova Scotia government is promising just over $10 million to help support people who are experiencing homelessness, coinciding with a new housing strategy released Wednesday. According to a news release from the Department of Community Services, the provincial government will invest $10.1 million over […]

Homelessness in Chatham-Kent has nearly doubled in three years

Homelessness in Chatham-Kent has nearly doubled over the years. On October 19, Chatham-Kent municipal staff, along with several volunteers from local organizations, completed an enumeration by counting how many homeless individuals there were in Chatham-Kent. According to the municipality, 171 individuals were identified as being homeless on the night of October 19, which is a […]

Homeless Canadians take good care of their pets, study says

Homeless people’s pets are well taken care of, a new study that examined the health of pets in Winnipeg and four Ontario cities has determined. The study, led by researchers at Guelph University, found the pets of homeless or vulnerably housed Canadians are just as healthy as other populations of owned pets — in some […]

What if we treat homelessness like a pandemic?

COVID-19 outbreaks in shelters and other effects of the virus forced more people to sleep rough — on sidewalks, under bridges, in encampments — making homelessness more visible. People experiencing homelessness were disproportionately impacted and five times more likely to die of COVID-19. Stephen Gaetz, director of the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness, asks “What if […]

A look at the challenging task of counting Canada’s homeless veterans

Dan Campbell and Benjamin Van Eck were fast friends while serving in 2 Royal Canadian Horse Artillery. The pair were “Stuck at the hip,” as Campbell describes it, during months of training and a deployment to Afghanistan in 2007 where they served on the same gun. “We didn’t have the best upbringing and we basically […]