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Our government envisions an Ontario where every person has an affordable, suitable and adequate home. Through Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy, the government has set a bold long-term goal to end homelessness.

Decent housing is more than shelter; it provides stability, security and dignity. It plays a key role in reducing poverty and building strong, inclusive communities. 

What we’re doing to end homelessness in Ontario

Poverty Reduction Strategy

The new Poverty Reduction Strategy — Realizing our potential — will expand Ontario’s poverty reduction efforts to reach more vulnerable people and will continue to reduce poverty in Ontario. Read about the strategy.

Measuring homelessness in Ontario

As part of the Province’s efforts to end chronic homelessness by 2025 and the long-term goal to end homelessness, the government is introducing a provincial requirement to conduct local enumeration (counts) of people experiencing homelessness. 

Homeless enumeration will help service managers and the government better understand the scale and nature of homelessness across the province, as well as inform current and future policy development and program design.

Learn more about Ontario’s homeless enumeration approach

Expert advisory panel on homelessness 

In 2015, the government established an expert advisory panel on homelessness. The panel was asked to provide practical input on definitions and data collection methods related to homelessness, and provide advice on developing a new target related to homelessness. The panel presented its final report to government, A place to call home, which will help support a solid foundation for evidence-based housing and homelessness prevention policies, and inform the government’s Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy update.

In response to the panel’s report, the government announced a number of immediate and long-term steps it will take to work together with its public, non-profit and private sector partners, and local communities to work towards its vision of ending homelessness.

A place to call home: Report of the expert advisory panel on homelessness [PDF]

Contact us to request for documents and learn more about Ontario’s affordable housing and homelessness programs.