September 25, 2017
More people are accessing shelters in Ontario than they were five years ago, but with more facilities closing their doors the remaining shelters are overflowing.
In 2016, the province had 310 shelters in operation, 30 less than in 2011, according to Statistics Canada.
The closures amounted to the loss of an estimated 1,000 shelter beds — a sizable chunk of the now-existing 11,000 places.
It is unknown what prompted the closures.