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The United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on Housing strongly criticized Canada for its failure to ensure access by all Canadians to adequate housing.

Government Initiatives

Municipalities and regional governments in BC may have their own homelessness and housing strategies and initiatives.

Some major initiatives are listed below:

Canadian Homelessness Organizations

Links to Canadian organizations that deal with homelessness:


One Canadian study, "Homelessness in a Growth Economy," estimates that Canada is spending between $4.5 and $6 billion a year funding its homeless, and found that the average homeless person uses $30,000 to $40,000 per year in emergency services such as hospital care, jail time, and shelters.

Links to other reports or articles on homelessness and housing policy include:

Housing and Children


If you want to get involved in ending homelessness, you can visit or contact active groups in Vancouver including:

Lu'ma Native Housing Society is proud to announce that the Community Voice Mail (CVM) program, which has already launched with great success in the Downtown Eastside, is now expanding into Surrey.

CVM offers homeless and/or phoneless people in crisis or transition with a constant and reliable telephone number.  For more information on the CVM program, including instructions on how to enroll and features that come with the service, click on the links below.


You can also watch a short video exploring the evolution of human rights over time and how they are being disregarded with respect to homelessness today.  Source: United for Human Rights Organization.



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