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Ontario's Homeless Enumeration Approach

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In 2016, following the passage of the Promoting Affordable Housing Act, 2016, Ontario became the first province/territory in Canada to require local homeless enumeration. In partnership with Service Managers, Indigenous partners, and other community partners, the government has developed a homeless enumeration approach that is outcomes-focused, people-centred, promotes partnership and relationship building, provides local flexibility, and builds on enumerations done to date.

The government has developed the following materials, as well as Frequently Asked Questions, to support Service Managers in the implementation of homeless enumeration:

Enumeration Resources

To learn more about conducting homeless enumeration in your Service Manager area, please visit the following resources:

Community Workspace on Homelessness - Ontario Page 

Point-in-Time Count

Guide to the Homelessness Partnering Strategy Point-in-Time Count Method:

City of Toronto’s Street Needs Assessment:

Canadian Observatory on Homelessness Point-in-Time Count Implementation Toolkit: 

Community Workspace on Homelessness: Point-in-Time Count Page:

Registry Week

Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness 20,000 Homes Campaign Registry Week Toolkit:

Period Prevalence Count

Period Prevalence Count of People Experiencing Homelessness: A Guide for Rural and Northern Communities 

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