OTTAWA – A by-the-numbers look at the state of homelessness among Canadian military veterans:
2,250: Estimated number of veterans who use shelters annually.
639: Homeless veterans registered in Veteran Affairs Canada’s database as of June 30.
232: Homeless veterans in the database who are between age 50 and 59.
138: Homeless veterans in the database who are over age 65.
235,000: Canadians who experience homelessness annually.
5-7: Range, in percentage points, of the homeless population who are veterans, based on municipal point-in-time homeless counts.
12,000: Estimated number of veterans experiencing homelessness in Canada, based on that spread.
40,000: Approximate number of veterans who experience homelessness in the United States annually.
47: Per cent by which the United States has decreased veterans homelessness since 2010 using measures being considered by Veterans Affairs Canada.
(Sources: Employment and Social Development Canada, Veterans Affairs Canada, Canadian Observatory on Homelessness,