Social Housing

  • 93,404 Number of units under administration by the City’s Social Housing Unit as of April  1, 2015, includes 2,648 rent supplements with private landlords
  • 3,788 Housing allowances provided by the City directly to households
  • 69,081 Number of rent-geared-to-income units where rents are set at 30% of the household’s income
  • $18,130 Average annual household income of social housing residents
  • 34 Percentage of households on the active social housing waiting list on OW and ODSP
  • $710 Maximum monthly shelter allowance provided to a family of four through Ontario Works (October 2014)
  • $1,264 Average market rent in Toronto for a two-bedroom apartment (Fall 2014); $1,823 downtown
  • 14.4 Number of eight-hour days required at $11 per hour minimum wage to pay the average market rent for a two-bedroom apartment – before taxes
  • $1,818 Average market rent in Toronto for a two-bedroom rental condo apartment in the secondary rental market (Fall 2014)
  • 78,248 Number of households active on the social housing waiting list (December 31, 2014)
  • 244 Number of community-based non-profit and co-op housing organizations providing social housing in Toronto
  • Number of municipal non-profit housing corporations in Toronto. Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) is owned by the City
  • 63 Percentage of total social housing stock owned and operated by TCHC
  • 287 Number of private market projects where the City has rent supplements
  • 72 Percentage of Shelter, Support and Housing Administration 2015 budget that goes to social housing, remainder is for housing stability and homelessness services
  • 49 Percentage of social housing spending in 2015 that comes from the City, including funds from reserves; compares to 41% in 2014 and 31% in 2013. The City is the largest funding source and its share is growing as that of other orders of government shrinks. City share in 2016 will be 57.3%
  • The federal government’s contribution to social housing by 2031. Ottawa’s share shrank by $4.7 million in 2014 and is expected to fall by another $9 million next year…until it reaches zero by 2031.

Rental Housing

  • 476,966 Number of Toronto households that rent
  • 46 As a percentage of all households
  • 43.5 Percentage of renters paying more than 30% of pre-tax income on rent
  • 1.6% Toronto CMA vacancy rate (2014)
  • $1,264 Average market rent in Toronto for a two-bedroom apartment (Fall 2014)
  • $1,173 Monthly amount of Ontario Works (October 2014), two parents, two children ($710 of which is maximum shelter allowance)


  • 5,253: Estimated number of homeless people sleeping outdoors and in emergency shelters, Violence Against Women shelters, and in health and correctional facilities in Toronto. Estimate from the 2013 Street Needs Assessment. About the same as in 2009. Next survey is in 2018.
  • 447: Estimated number of people sleeping rough in April 2013.
  • 65: Percentage of all homeless who are men. 85 per cent of outdoor homeless are men.
  • 7: Percentage of homeless people reporting experience in the Canadian military.
  • 33: Percentage of outdoor homeless who self-identify as Aboriginal. 16 per cent of all homeless identify as Aboriginal; One per cent of the general population in Toronto identifies as Aboriginal.
  • 21: Percentage of those staying in youth shelters identifying as part of the LGBTQ2S community.
  • 4,812: Number of men, women and children using the emergency shelter system on an average night in May 2017; this is 17.5 per cent higher than May 2016.
  • 80: Percentage increase in number of refugees (mostly families) seeking shelter services over the course of 2016. Those citing “refugee” as reason for service accounted for most of the 2016 rise in demand
  • 93: Percentage of homeless people who want a permanent home.
  • 66: Percentage of homeless people saying that what they really need to end their homelessness is help to pay Toronto’s high rents.