Barrie

Barrie, ON
Barrie, Ontario on a map

Population: 169,900 (July 2016)
Unemployment Rate: 7.9% (July 2016)
Minimum Wage: $11.40/hr (as of October 1, 2016)
Total Number of Shelters: 3 (2015)
Total Number of Beds: 55 (2015)

Population Facts

HOMELESSNESS
Number of people estimated to be:

  • homeless, but not seeking assistance: 7,500+ (2011)
  • living in facilities (incl. emergency beds): 1,463 (2011)
  • sleep most often at shelters: 49% (January 2016)
  • sleep most often at housing/transition home: 27% (January 2016)
  • mostly couch surf: 18% (January 2016)
  • most often sleep outdoors: 8% (January 2016)
  • are experiencing chronic homelessness: 43% (January 2016)
  • have been experiencing episodic homelessness: 16% (January 2016)

HOUSING

  • No. of social housing units (Simcoe County): 4,113 (2014)
  • Of which rent-geared-to-income units: 3,035 (2014)

On centralized social housing waitlist:

  • Seniors: 813 (2016)
  • Adults with no dependents: 743 (2016)
  • Adults with dependents: 494 (2016)
  • No. of households in core housing need: 9,135 (2011)
  • Total percentage of households in core housing need: 14.0% (2011)
  • 1-bedroom Vacancy Rate: 1.7% (2016)
  • 2-bedroom Vacancy Rate: 2.0% (2016)
  • Average Cost of Rent (bachelor): $749/mo. (2016)
  • Average Cost of Rent (1 bdrm): $1,012/mo. (2016)
  • Average Cost of Rent (2 bdrm): $1,150/mo. (2016)

SOCIAL ASSISTANCE

  • No. of social assistance cases in county (sole-support parent): 1,843 (December 2016)
  • No. of social assistance cases in county (single individual): 3,948 (December 2016)
  • Income assistance for renters/home owners (single person/mo.): ​$706 (2016)

INDIGENOUS DATA

  • Percentage of Aboriginal households in core housing need: 20.4% (2011)
  • Number of 20k homes survey participants who self-identified as Aboriginal or having Aboriginal ancestry (Simcoe County): 65 (January 2016)
  • Percentage of 20k homes survey participants who self-identified as Aboriginal or having Aboriginal ancestry (Simcoe County): 22% (January 2016)