Housing poverty in Canada

  • 228 homes built in FY18 228 homes built in FY18
  • 9,500 volunteers sent around the world 9,500 volunteers sent around the world
  • Projects: new homes, repairs, training & maintenance Projects: new homes, repairs, training & maintenance

We started fighting housing poverty in Canada in 1985 with its first Habitat home built in Winkler, Manitoba.

What's it like?

Canada is an ethnically diverse country with two official languages, English and French.

Canada is politically divided into 10 provinces and three territories and is a country of great reserves of natural resources such as timber, petroleum, natural gas, metallic minerals and fish.

History

Habitat Canada was the first national Habitat organization outside the United States. In 1991, the first ever ReStore was launched in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

It also hosted the first international Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project in 1993 in Winnipeg, Manitoba and Waterloo, Ontario.

An active nation

Habitat for Humanity Canada has 56 active Habitat affiliates across Canada; in each of the 10 provinces and all three territories.

Each affiliate is managed by a local board of directors. Approximately 45 percent of Habitat Canada affiliates are totally volunteer run.

Story of success

In 2015, Habitat affiliates in Canada built 228 homes alongside Habitat homeowners and volunteers, helping them achieve strength, stability and…

In 2015, Habitat affiliates in Canada built 228 homes alongside Habitat homeowners and volunteers, helping them achieve strength, stability and independence.

Globally, Habitat for Humanity Canada served more than 9,500 people around the world in 2015, through new homes, repairs, critical infrastructure, as well as skills training in employment and home maintenance.

Read more on the Habitat Canada website: http://habitat.ca/

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Key facts & figures

  • Climate: Cold winters with temperatures under zero for 4 months; summer temperatures can get as high as 35C in July and August with high humidity
  • Population: 38.2 million
  • Unemployment rate: 5.67%
  • Population below poverty line: 9.4%
  • Urbanisation – 81.8%
  • Economy: industry includes minerals, manufacturing, oil and natural gas, services
  • Government: Confederation with a parliamentary democracy and a constitutional monarchy
  • Religion: mostly Christian: Catholic 39% ( Roman Catholic 38.8%, other Catholic .2%), Protestant 20.3% (United Church 6.1%, Anglican 5%, Baptist 1.9%, Lutheran 1.5%,
    Pentecostal 1.5%, Presbyterian 1.4%, other Protestant 2.9%), Orthodox 1.6%, other Christian 6.3%, Muslim 3.2%, Hindu 1.5%, Sikh 1.4%, Buddhist 1.1%, Jewish 1%, other 0.6%, none 23.9% (CIA world factbook, 2011)
  • Language: English and French 58.8% English, 21.6% French, 19.6% other (2006 census)