Neighbourhoods, Housing, Homelessness

Growing economic inequality is producing new forms of social and geographic exclusion. Inequality affects where people can live, the adequacy of their housing, and the fact that some people are destitute and unhoused. Rather than providing fair access to social and economic opportunity, our cities are increasingly segregated into zones of have’s and have-nots, with different neighbourhoods offering vastly different qualities of life and life chances.

In Neighbourhoods, Housing, and Homelessness, find research that identifies important socio-spatial trends, explains the societal processes producing the trends, evaluates the consequences, and reviews the implications. Learn more about the groups being excluded, mainly on the basis of their socio-economic status, ethno-cultural origin, and/or skin colour.

This site allows you to consider options for addressing rising inequality and social-spatial exclusion. What strategies will address the lack of affordable housing and an aging rental housing stock? How can we ensure that newcomers, the elderly, low-income households, ethno-cultural minorities, aboriginal people, and homeless people are included in the opportunities provided by Canadian cities? What types of supports and partnerships are necessary to not only halt but reverse socially exclusionary trends?

Canada needs dynamic cities that are inclusive, providing equality of opportunity. Social research is foundational to identifying effective and innovative strategies to help make this happen.