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Organizing collaboration: Ottawa's Role in Homelessness Initiatives

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posted on 24.05.2021, 12:07 authored by Sarah Carneiro
On any given night in Canada, 35,000 individuals experience some form of homelessness and between 136,000 and 156,000 Canadians access emergency shelters each year. Homelessness is a daunting policy and administrative challenge that requires the concerted collaboration of a diversity of public and private sector players to tackle. I argue that the Canadian federal government’s leadership prompted the cooperation between the different orders of government and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in St. John’s, Newfoundland and that its administrative and collaborative governance approach has generated impressive outcomes in responding to the complicated issue of homelessness. The community-based, shared funding model used by Ottawa has proven effective in harmonizing homelessness programming, data collection, indicators of success, and objectives and outcomes between governmental and nongovernmental partners.





Master of Arts


Public Policy and Administration

Granting Institution

Ryerson University

LAC Thesis Type


Thesis Advisor

Patrice Dutil