Title of Research Output

Scoping Review on Homelessness in Canada

Faculty

Social Science

Supervisor Name

Howard Ramos

Keywords

Homeless, Scoping Review, Housing, Employment

Description

According to a 2020 Nanos Research poll commissioned by the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness, 72 percent of Canadians believe that ending homelessness should be one of the country's top priorities. Given that homelessness is a social crisis, it is important to establish what is currently known about the situation in order to develop innovative and effective solutions.

While some studies have reviewed homeless for specific sub-populations such as street youth and homeless families, few have conducted a comprehensive large-scale scan of the literature pertaining to homelessness in Canada. Additionally, hardly any studies have examined how homelessness is measured in Canadian datasets from government agencies and homeless organizations.

For these reasons, this study offers a scoping review of both the peer-reviewed academic research on homelessness in Canada and the homeless datasets provided by government institutions and private organizations. The purpose of this report is to present an overview of the existing literature and databases on homelessness in Canada, as well as highlight relevant data gaps that must be addressed in future studies.

Acknowledgements

Thank you to Dr. Howard Ramos, the Western USRI program, and the Faculty of Social Science for their support.

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Scoping Review on Homelessness in Canada

According to a 2020 Nanos Research poll commissioned by the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness, 72 percent of Canadians believe that ending homelessness should be one of the country's top priorities. Given that homelessness is a social crisis, it is important to establish what is currently known about the situation in order to develop innovative and effective solutions.

While some studies have reviewed homeless for specific sub-populations such as street youth and homeless families, few have conducted a comprehensive large-scale scan of the literature pertaining to homelessness in Canada. Additionally, hardly any studies have examined how homelessness is measured in Canadian datasets from government agencies and homeless organizations.

For these reasons, this study offers a scoping review of both the peer-reviewed academic research on homelessness in Canada and the homeless datasets provided by government institutions and private organizations. The purpose of this report is to present an overview of the existing literature and databases on homelessness in Canada, as well as highlight relevant data gaps that must be addressed in future studies.

 

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