Without a Home 2018 - 2nd National Survey on Youth Homelessness

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First held in 2015, the National Youth Survey was the first ever pan-Canadian study of young people who experience homelessness. With 1,103 respondents from 47 communities across 10 provinces and territories, the results of the survey significantly improved our understanding of youth homelessness in this country.

Since the release of Without a Home: The National Youth Survey on Homelessness, we now have robust data on youth experiences of homelessness. Additionally, the data has informed policy at the federal, provincial, and municipal level through the publication of three policy briefs in 2017: Mental Health Care for Homeless Youth, Child Welfare and Youth Homelessness in Canada, and Opportunity Knocks: Prioritizing Canada’s Most Vulnerable Youth.

Without a Home 2018 - 2nd National Survey on Youth Homelessness

This year, through funding from the Home Depot Canada Foundation and in partnership with A Way Home Canada, we are conducting a second survey in fall 2018 – this time even bigger in scope.

  • We are aiming to survey at least 2000 youth experiencing homelessness.
  • We hope to partner with at least one agency/organization in every province and territory.
  • We have made a number of improvements to the methodology, including a simplified survey and the option to complete it online.

Project Team

To inform the survey from design, data analysis and publication, we will be consulting with a number of key stakeholders in the sector, including:

  • Youth with lived experience
  • Service providers
  • Government relations
  • Youth Homelessness Researchers 

Lead Researchers:

Dr. Stephen Gaetz

Dr. Bill O’Grady

Dr. Sean Kidd

We will work closely with our partners, A Way Home Canada, our funders the Home Depot Canada Foundation, and collaborate with youth with lived experience of homelessness throughout the project. Additionally, we will engage in consultation with youth serving community agencies who participated in 2015, as well as new agencies interested in the 2018 survey.  

Benefits to Participation 

Organizations and agencies interested in participating in this project will be asked to administer this year’s survey to client’s aged 13 - 24. Youth will have the option to complete the survey online or on paper. Youth and organizations can benefit in multiple ways:

  • Youth respondents will receive a $10 honorarium.
  • Youth can share their experiences and recommendations.
  • If your organization completes a minimum number of surveys you will receive organizational-level data (select questions only) to use in funding proposals, annual reports and other communication materials.
  • You will contribute to one of the largest national datasets on youth homelessness.
  • The data we collect will be used to information program and policy solutions