Nelson

Nelson, BC
Nelson, British Columbia on a map

Population: 10,802 (2015)
Unemployment Rate: 9% (2016)
Minimum Wage: $10.85/hr (as of September 15, 2016
Total Number of Shelters: 1 (2015)
Total Number of Beds: 17 (2015)

Population Facts

HOMELESSNESS
Individuals estimated to be

  • experiencing some type of homelessness: 116 (April 2016)
  • of those surveyed, or at emergency or transitional housing: 91 (April 2016)
  • living on the streets: 40 (2010)
  • living as 'hidden homeless': 306 (2011)
  • living in facilities (incl. emergency beds) 355(2013)
  • living in housing with supports: 175-200 (2010)
  • Number of shelter stays: 355 (2014)

People were found to be experiencing the following types of homelessness:

  • unsheltered: 27 (April 2016)
  • emergency: 13 (April 2016)
  • transitional: 22 (April 2016)
  • hospital, corrections, in care: 5 (April 2016)
  • couch surfing/temporary: 17 (April 2016)
  • number of people indicated that they were part of the hidden homeless in the past year: 57 (April 2016)
  • number of shelter stays: 404 (2015)

HOUSING
Number of public & subsidized housing units: 476 (2013)
Number of affordable housing units offered in the non-profit sector: 329 (2016)
Number of households in 'core housing need': 1/3 of all households (2014)

Rental Vacancy Rate: 0.4% (October 2015)
Average Cost of Rent (1 bdrm): $938/mo. (Spring 2016)


SOCIAL ASSISTANCE
The Nelson Food Cupboard Food Bank served: 15,175 (2015)
Income assistance (single individual): $610 (2013)
Number of individuals accessing income assistance supports: 383 (2013)