Summerside

Summerside, PE
Summerside, Prince Edward Island on a map

Population: 16,587 (2016)
Unemployment Rate: 8.8% (August 2017)
Minimum Wage: $11.25/hr (April 2017)

Population Facts

The figures below apply to the entire province of PEI unless otherwise noted.

HOMELESSNESS

  • Individuals estimated to be living in housing with supports: 213 (2011)
  • Number of individuals who stayed in a shelter: 200 (2015)
  • No. of homeless by PiT Count: 94 (2016)
  • Proportion in transitional housing: 50% (2016)
  • Proportion in housing/motel: 10.64% (2016)
  • Proportion staying at someone else's place: 12.77% (2016)
  • Proportion staying in emergency shelters: 8.51% (2016)
  • Homeless for 6≤ months: 29% (2016)
  • Homeless 2≤ times in last year: 41% (2016)

HOUSING

  • No. of social housing units: 2,530 (2015)
  • No. of seniors' housing units: 1,118 (2015)
  • Wait list for sensors' housing: 801 (2015)
  • Turnover rate for seniors' housing: 16.1% (2015)
  • No. of family housing units: 463 (2015)
  • Wait List for family housing: 308 (2015)
  • Turnover rate for family housing: 16.9% (2015)
  • 1-bedroom Vacancy Rate (Summerside-exclusive): 4.0% (2016)
  • 2-bedroom Vacancy Rate (Summerside-exclusive): 4.3% (2016)
  • Average Cost of Rent (bachelor) (Summerside-exclusive): $535/mo. (2016)
  • Average Cost of Rent (1 bdrm) (Summerside-exclusive): $620/mo. (2016)
  • Average Cost of Rent (2 bdrm) (Summerside-exclusive): $744/mo. (2016)
  • No. of households in core housing need (Summerside-exclusive): 545 (2011)
  • Total percentage of households in core housing need (Summerside-exclusive): 8.1% (2011)

SOCIAL ASSISTANCE

  • Income assistance (single individual): $593 (2015)
  • Social assistance recipients: 5,335 (2015)
  • No. of Islanders accessing food banks in a month: 3,370 (2016)
  • Islanders experiencing food insecurity (unable to afford healthy food): 15.1% (2014)

INDIGENOUS DATA

  • Percentage of Aboriginal households in core housing need (Summerside-exclusive): 0.0% (2011)
  • Number of Aboriginal households tested for core housing need (Summerside-exclusive): 80 (2011)
  • No. of those surveyed in homeless count (n=94) identifying as First Nations or Aboriginal: 14% (2016)