The Manitoulin-Sudbury District Services Board (DSB) conducted a survey on homelessness across the region in 2018, fulfilling one of the requirements of the Housing Services Act 2011, but in a letter from Janet Hope, assistant deputy minister with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, thanking the DSB for working with them to conduct the province-wide survey and noting it was an “important first step,” the ministry announced that due to “gaps and limitations in the enumeration approach and resulting data collected,” the ministry had recognized “that there are opportunities to improve the enumeration approach.”

For those reasons, the letter continues, “the ministry will pause the requirement for service managers to conduct local homelessness enumeration to give us time to review in more detail future enumeration requirements and ensure the data collected will be used to improve programs and outcomes for those experiencing homelessness.”