Thunder Bay

Thunder Bay, ON
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Population: 121,261 (2016)
Unemployment Rate: 5.1% (August 2017)
Minimum Wage: $11.60/hr (October 2017)
Total Number of Shellters: 3 (2016)
Total Number of Beds: 76 (2016)

Population Facts

HOMELESSNESS

  • Individuals Residing in Emergency Shelters: Approx. 500 (Jan-Jun 2013) (2014)
  • Tenants living in core housing need : 47% (2014)
  • No. of homeless interviewed in homeless count: 289 (2016)
  • No. couch surfing: 138 (2016)
  • No. staying at emergency shelter/domestic violence shelter: 93 (2016)
  • No. of people staying in transitional housing: 8 (2016)
  • No. of people staying in a public space: 7 (2016)

HOUSING

  • No. of social housing units: 3,621 (2017)
  • No. of rent supplement units: 475 (2017)
  • Wait list for rent-geared-to-income housing: 829 (2015)
  • Supportive Housing Units (#): 1,733 (2014)
  • Emergency shelter beds (#): 142 (2014)
  • 1-bedroom Vacancy Rate: 3.6% (2016)
  • 2-bedroom Vacancy Rate: 5.3% (2016)
  • Average Cost of Rent (bachelor): $608/mo. (2016)
  • Average Cost of Rent (1 bdrm): $765/mo. (2016)
  • Average Cost of Rent (2 bdrm): $940/mo. (2016)

INDIGENOUS DATA

  • Percentage of Aboriginal households in core housing need: 22.5% (2011)
  • No. of those interviewed in homeless count reporting Aboriginal identity: 213 (73%) (2016)

SOCIAL ASSISTANCE

  • Income assistance for renters/home owners (single person/mo.): ​$706 (2016)
  • Average monthly Ontario Works caseload (households drawing social assistance): 2,895 (2014)