Medicine Hat

Medicine Hat, AB
Medicine hat, Alberta on a map

Population: 63,018 (2015)
Unemployment Rate: 7.6% (as of July 2016)
Minimum Wage: $12.20/hr (as of October 1, 2016)
Total Number of Shelters: 2 (2015)
Total Number of Beds: 36 (2015)

Population Facts

HOMELESSNESS
No. of households in core housing need: 1,405 (2009)

Number of people estimated to be:

  • living in poverty: 7,360 (2013)
  • living in facilities (incl. emergency beds): 849 (2012-2013)
    • Total homeless: 64 (2014)
  • lliving on the streets: 5 (2014)
  • living in emergency shelters or supportive housing: 59 (2014)
    • emergency shelters: 30 (2014)
    • short term supportive housing: 29 (2014)

HOUSING
No. of public & subsidized housing units: 537 (2013)
No. of households on housing wait list: 355 (2013)
Apartment Vacancy Rate: 4.6% (October 2015)
Average Cost of Rent (1 bdrm): $709/mo. (2013)
Average Cost of Rent (2 bdrm): $828/mo. (2015)

SOCIAL ASSISTANCE
Income assistance (single individual): $583 (2012)
No. of Households Receiving Rental Subsidies: 447 (2013)