Waterloo Region

Waterloo Region, ON
Waterloo Region, Ontario on a map

Population: 523,894 (2016)
Unemployment Rate: 4.4% (August 2017)
Minimum Wage: $11.60/hr (October 2017)
Total Number of Shelters: 7 (2017)
Total Number of Beds: 245 (2017)

Population Facts

HOMELESSNESS

  • Annual number of individuals estimated to have stayed in emergency shelters: 2,726 (2017)
  • Point-in-Time number of individuals identified as experiencing homelessness: 316 (2014)
  • Incidence of chronic homelessness among PiT participants: 63% (2014)

HOUSING

  • Number of community housing units: 10,410 (2017)
  • Number of households on housing waitlist: 3,432 (2017)
  • 1-bedroom Vacancy Rate: 1.9% (2016)
  • 2-bedroom Vacancy Rate: 2.3% (2016)
  • Average Cost of Rent (bachelor): $710/mo. (2016)
  • Average Cost of Rent (1 bdrm): $872/mo. (2016)
  • Average Cost of Rent (2 bdrm): $1,050/mo. (2016)
  • No. of households in core housing need: 17,855 (2011)
  • Households in core housing need: 10.3% (2011

SOCIAL ASSISTANCE

  • Number of heads of households receiving Ontario Works assistance at December 2016: 8,782 (2016
  • Ontario Works Assistance (single person/month): $706 (2016)

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INDIGENOUS DATA

  • Percentage of Aboriginal households in core housing need: 14.6% (2011)
  • No. of those surveyed in homeless count identifying themselves as Aboriginal: 41 (16%) (2014)