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Crisis Looms: Homelessness in Canada Set to Double by 2030

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A dire forecast predicts that the number of homeless individuals in Canada will nearly double in the next six years. This projection is based on artificial intelligence developed by HelpSeeker, a company dedicated to addressing social issues and headquartered in […]

Crisis Looms: Homelessness in Canada Set to Double by 2030

A dire forecast predicts that the number of homeless individuals in Canada will nearly double in the next six years. This projection is based on artificial intelligence developed by HelpSeeker, a company dedicated to addressing social issues and headquartered in Calgary.

According to Aline Turner, the executive director of HelpSeeker, the increase in homelessness does not mean that all individuals will be visible on the streets. She emphasizes that homelessness can manifest in various forms, including sleeping rough, temporary camps, individuals in unstable situations, and those dependent on others for housing.

Currently, estimates from the Homeless Hub, a research organization associated with York University, place the number of homeless people in Canada between 150,000 and 300,000. However, HelpSeeker’s AI anticipates that this number will reach approximately 550,000 to 570,000 by 2030.

HelpSeeker’s artificial intelligence leveraged data from cities across Canada, including shelter usage, estimates of hidden homelessness, inflation trends, unemployment rates, and factors such as housing units and rental accommodations. Crucially, population growth projections for Canada, sourced from Statistics Canada, were a key dataset informing the AI’s predictions. These projections indicate that Canada’s population is expected to range between 42.9 million and 52.5 million people by 2043.

Based on all these factors, the artificial intelligence projected an estimated 83% increase in homelessness by 2030. While there are currently no available figures on the exact number of individuals at risk of homelessness, HelpSeeker’s AI suggests that it could reach close to one million people by the end of the decade.

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