Homelessness Services

Deaths of Shelter Residents

Higher rates of illness and premature death among the homeless population have been widely recognized. The City is committed to identifying and responding in a timely manner to new and emerging issues in the shelter system. That is why when residents or recent residents of Toronto shelters die, operators must report the deaths verbally to the City within 24 hours and via a written report within 30 days.

Hostel Services, a unit within Shelter, Support and Housing Administration Division, has collected this information since 2007, and does an annual review of the data.

The 2015 Annual Review of Death of Shelter Resident Data has been posted.

You can see precisely what information is collected by Hostel Services here.

Here is the June 2010 final
report on homeless deaths from Toronto Public Health.

Key points

• Since 2007, of the deaths that occurred outside of shelter, the majority have taken place in a hospital or palliative care
• The highest number of deaths occurred in 2015 when there were 45 with the average age of a decedent at 58 years.
• Since 2007, males between 50 and 60 years of age account for the vast majority of reported deaths
• Of the deaths within shelters since 2007, most have occurred at Seaton House Main Hostel and Annex/Infirmary programs, year over year

A note about privacy

For reasons of client privacy and respect for confidentiality, even in death, we are not able to provide names, dates of birth, place of death, or any other information that might identify the deceased. We can present this data in aggregate form only. Additionally, shelter operators and Hostel Services are not generally advised of cause of death information or presented with a Medical Certificate of Death because this information is not readily shared with anyone other than next of kin.


Deaths of clients of shelters funded by the City of Toronto

Beginning with 2007, yearly statistics are tabled below.

2017 shelter deaths

 
2017TotalMaleFemale
January 4 3 1
February 3 2 1
March  3  3  0
April  2
May
June      
July      
August      
September      
October      
November      
December      
Total 16 12 4
Average Age 54.1 52.6 58.5
2016 shelter deaths
2016TotalMaleFemale
January 3 2 1
February 3 2 1
March  4  3  1
April  6  5  1
May  5  4  1
June  1  1  0
July  1  1  0
August  3  0
September  0  0
October  1  1  0
November  3  2  1
December  3
Total 33 27 6
Average Age 55.6 57.5 47
2015 shelter deaths
2015TotalMaleFemale
January 7 6 1
February 4 4 0
March 5 5 0
April  5  5  1
May  2  2  0
June  6  6  0
July  4  4  0
August  3  2  1
September  1  1  0
October  5  5  0
November  1  1  0
December  2  1  1
Total 45 41 4
Average Age 58.3 57.8 64
2014 shelter deaths
2014TotalMaleFemale
January 2 2 0
February 3 2 1
March 3 3 0
April 3 3 0
May 1 1 0
June 2 2 0
July 4 3 1
August 3 3 0
September 5 4 1
October 0 0 0
November 1 1 0
December 3 2 1
Total 30 26 4
Average Age 57.3 57.3 57.5
2013 shelter deaths
2013TotalMaleFemale
January 2 1 1
February 0 0 0
March 0 0 0
April 3 2 1
May 2 2 0
June 1 1 0
July 2 2 0
August 1 0 1
September 0 0 0
October 2 2 0
November 0 0 0
December 3 3 0
Total 16 13 3
Average Age 52.1 50.5 59
 
2012 shelter deaths
2012TotalMaleFemale
January 2 2 0
February 2 2 0
March 1 1 0
April 4 4 0
May 1 1 0
June 0 0 0
July 3 3 0
August 0 0 0
September 1 1 0
October 2 2 0
November 0 0 0
December 2 2 0
Total 18 18 0
Average Age 52.7 52.7 n/a
 
2011 shelter deaths
2011TotalMaleFemale
January 1 0 1
February 2 1 1
March 2 1 1
April 0 0 0
May 4 4 0
June 2 1 1
July 0 0 0
August 1 1 0
September 2 2 0
October 0 0 0
November 2 2 0
December 5 3 2
Total 21 15 6
Average Age 54.0 53.1 56.2
 
2010 shelter deaths
2010TotalMaleFemale
January 1 0 1
February 1 1 0
March 0 0 0
April 0 0 0
May 1 1 0
June 3 1 2
July 2 1 1
August 2 1 1
September 0 0 0
October 2 1 1
November 4 1 3
December 5 4 1
Total 21 11 10
Average Age 54.2 53.0 55.6
 
2009 shelter deaths
2009TotalMaleFemale
January  1  1  0
February  3  2 1
March  1  1  0
April  1  1  0
May  1  1  0
June  1  1  0
July  0  0  0
August  0  0  0
September  2  1  1
October  3  3  0
November  2  2  0
December  1  1  0
Total  16  14  2
Average Age  56.3  59.1  36.5
 
2008 shelter deaths
2008TotalMaleFemale
January 3 2 1
February 4 3 1
March 1 0 1
April 0 0 0
May 0 0 0
June 6 4 2
July 6 5 1
August 2 2 0
September 1 0 1
October 1 1 0
November 1 1 0
December 1 1 0
Total 26 19 7
Average Age 50.2 47.4 57.6
 
2007 shelter deaths
2007TotalMaleFemale
January 0 0 0
February 3 3 0
March 3 2 1
April 1 1 0
May 2 2 0
June 3 3 0
July 2 2 0
August 2 2 0
September 2 2 0
October 3 2 1
November 1 1 0
December 2 2 0
Total 24 22 2
Average Age 52.4 52.7 49.5