(MENAFN - Jordan News Agency) Ottawa, Aug. 10 (Petra) -- A growing number of newcomers to Canada are ending up in shelters or are finding themselves homeless, newly released Canadian government figures show.
Two new reports released this week by Employment and Social Development Canada offer a glimpse into the extent of the homelessness problem across the country.
One report found 14 per cent of people who identified as homeless in 2018 were newcomers to Canada.
The national shelter study, which looked at federal data on shelter users between 2005 and 2016, found an "observable increase" in refugees using shelters.
In 2016, there were 2,000 refugees sleeping in shelters, not counting those facilities designated specifically for refugees, an increase from 1,000 just two years earlier when the figures first began to be tracked.