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Homelessness - 2023 Mayoral By-Election Issues Guide

A tent set up for long-term living.

In May of 2023, Toronto City Council officially declared homelessness an emergency. This crisis has been decades in the making. A long-term trend of population growing faster than the housing supply, coupled with recent inflation and rising interest rates, has had a disproportionate impact on major cities.

As more and more Torontonians are pushed out of the city due to a lack of affordable housing, our unhoused population grows. The result: unprecedented rates of homelessness, and increased demand for social housing, shelter services and other support services that simply can’t keep up.

Homelessness Issues Guide

Learn why housing affordability has reached crisis proportions in Toronto.