Shelter, Support and Housing Administration

Daily Shelter Census

September 21, 2017

To meet increasing demand for shelter, the City has been adding beds to existing programs, opening new shelter programs, and expanding motels and shelter services, mainly for families. Current numbers show 980 more beds than before Christmas 2016, including over 700 beds in new motel programs.

Shelter sectorOccupancyCapacityOccupancy rate
Co-ed 391 436 90%


1729 97%
Women 694 706 98%
Youth 511 518 99%
Family (shelters) 802 802 100%
Family (motels)


1155 88%
Total 5,096 5,346


Bar chart showing average nightly census of City of Toronto permanent emergency shelter system. Figures show annual growth from 2015 to 2017. For example: 4137 people used Toronto's emergency shelter system in January 2015 compared to 4366 people in January of 2017.

Figures show average nightly occupancy by month in all City of Toronto permanent emergency shelter programs. Statistics are from the Shelter Management Information System which was in use throughout the system by Jan 2011. These numbers do not include Out of the Cold programs.