This report outlines the vulnerability of indigenous and rural populations to homelessness in Canada as well as recommends improvements in responses to prevent and end homelessness. According to this report, Indigenous Peoples are 10 times more likely to access homeless emergency shelters thannon‑Indigenous people, representing approximately 30 percent of all shelter users in 2014, while only representing approximately 5 percent of the Canadian population.
As well, the Government of Canada has made commitments to address the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action and is a signatory to the UNDRIP. To adequately support Indigenous communities who experience homelessness, these commitments must be respected. As such, the Committee is supporting the redesign of Employment and Social Development Canada's Homelessness Partnering Strategy after 2018-19, offering a number of recommendations to the redesign.