Laura Murphy

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts




Dr. Jerry White


Existing research shows that Aboriginal people in Canada have higher rates of mobility than the rest of the population. Mobility, along with rentalship have been linked to housing insecurity. Using the 2006 Canadian Census Data, descriptive statistics and regression analyses were run to investigate the differences in urban housing insecurity between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in Canada. To look at urban housing insecurity, rentalship was used as a proxy as those who rent in Canada are more vulnerable to housing instability than those who own. Urban Aboriginal people were found to be more susceptible to housing insecurity than Non-Aboriginal people. Overall, Status Aboriginals were the most vulnerable to housing insecurity, followed by Non­ Status Aboriginals, Métis, and then with Non-Aboriginal people being the least vulnerable to housing insecurity. These findings are important as they show that certain groups experience housing insecurity differently, which should be considered to develop appropriate interventions.



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