As Toronto’s homeless population swells, other jurisdictions are pioneering solutions.

In Wales, a “duty to assist” law passed in 2015 requires local governments to provide rental debt relief and access to housing for everyone who seeks assistance.

Peter Mackie, a leading expert in the field of housing and homelessness at Cardiff University, says that the law “has massively reduced” the numbers of people in temporary accommodation and living on the streets. According to his research, some 67 per cent of individuals at risk of going homeless have been helped by the law. Another 47 per cent of individuals on the street have been able to find accommodation.