As eviction moratoriums lift across the country and pandemic recovery plans develop, many people face the risk of losing their homes and over 1 in 4 Canadian renters are worried or somewhat worried about paying their housing costs this month. At the same time, Canadians rate the urgency of ending homelessness in Canada at 7.5 out of 10— and 84% of Canadians support or somewhat support affordable housing investment as part of pandemic recovery economic stimulus, according to a new poll conducted by Nanos Research and commissioned by the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness.
The poll, conducted over July 26 to 30, shows a strong majority of Canadians rank ending homelessness in Canada as an urgent priority, while a staggering number report having experienced homelessness themselves (5%) or knowing a family member (10%), or a friend/acquaintance (21%) who has been homeless. These results suggest as many as 1.6 million Canadians have experienced homelessness at some point in their lives. Although no exact number of how many people experience homelessness in Canada exists, it is estimated that 235,000 people in Canada experience it every year and 1.7 million households are in core housing need. Download the full polling report now.