Veteran Homelessness in Canada

Veteran homelessness is unacceptable in Canada. That is why Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) is taking steps to reach out to Veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Local organizations are usually the first resource for anyone who is homeless. Through these organizations, VAC is able to provide information about the Department's services.

Call the VAC Assistance Service if you need to talk to a mental health professional.


The 2016 National Shelter Study uses emergency shelter data collected over an extended period of time to establish a baseline count and description of the characteristics of the homeless population using emergency shelters in Canada. The data indicates that Veteran homelessness in Canada decreased by an estimated 450 emergency shelter users from 2014 to 2016. In 2016, an estimated 2,400 emergency shelter users (1.8%) identified as a Veteran. This is down from 2,950 (2.2%) in 2014, the first year this information was collected.

Download a colour poster for display to help Veterans in need find assistance.

Outreach Resources

New video Back in Step for first responders to help identify and address Veteran Homelessness.

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