Halifax

Halifax, NS
Halifax, Nova Scotia on a map
  • Population: 403,390 (2016)
  • Unemployment Rate: 7.1% (2017)
  • Minimum Wage: $10.85/hr (2017)
  • Total Number of Shelters: 5 (2016)
  • Total Number of Beds: 176 (2016)

Population Facts

HOMELESSNESS

Number of people estimated to be:

  • Total homeless individuals enumerated on May 11: 284 (2015)
  • Individuals staying in shelters (#): 1,508 (2015)
  • Staying in shelters: 183 (2015)
  • Staying on the streets: 48 (2015)
  • Staying in non-profit service locations: 32 (2015)
  • Staying in the public health system: 21 (2015)

HOUSING

  • Number of public housing units: 5,000 (2014)
  • Number of supported by private-sector rental housing units: 59,081 (2015)
  • Number of people waiting for social housing: 4,000 (2014)
  • 1-bedroom Vacancy Rate: 2.5% (2016)
  • 2-bedroom Vacancy Rate: 2.7% (2016)
  • Average Cost of Rent (bachelor): $758/mo. (2016)
  • Average Cost of Rent (1 bdrm): $845/mo. (2016)
  • Average Cost of Rent (2 bdrm): $1,063/mo. (2016)
  • Households living in core housing need (#): 17,465 (2012)
  • No. of households in 'deep housing poverty' (50%+ income on housing): 19,570 (2011)
  • Total percentage of households in core housing need: 13.0% (2011)

SOCIAL ASSISTANCE

  • Income Assistance for renter/ home owner (single person/mo.): $575 (2017)
  • Individuals receiving social assistance (#): 10,400 (2012)

 INDIGENOUS DATA

  • Percentage of Aboriginal households in core housing need: 14.0% (2011)
  • Percentage of those surveyed in homeless count claiming Aboriginal or Métis status: 18% (2015)