The Ottawa Mission believes that EVERYONE deserves a home. By working together, we have the power to change the underlying systemic issues that contribute to homelessness and housing insecurity in Ottawa.

Shape Ottawa's 2024 Municipal Budget to End Homelessness

The City of Ottawa is hosting councilor-led public consultations for the 2024 draft budget – a process where your voice can truly make a difference, especially in our fight to end homelessness. Join us in advocating for a budget that prioritizes affordable housing, comprehensive social services, and effective homelessness prevention strategies.

Consultation Calendar

An updated calendar of in-person and virtual public budget consultations in your community.



Access our Advocacy Toolkit for guidance on championing affordable housing and ending homelessness in our community.

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Housing and Homelessness in Ottawa

In 2019, The City of Ottawa declared a housing and homelessness emergency.

Since then, the number of people sleeping outside has doubled.

In 2020, 8619 people were recorded as homeless in Ottawa.

46% of them for the first time.

10% of shelter clients are employed.

At least one third of Ottawa's shelter population is Indigenous.

The average cost to rent an apartment in Ottawa increased more than 14% in 2022.

For every 1 affordable housing unit built in Ottawa, 7 are lost.

The average cost of rent is reported to increase by another 5% in 2023.

42% of renters spend more than a third of their income on rent and utilities.

20% of renters spend more than half of their income on rent and utilities.

In 2019, people in Ottawa voted that ending homelessness should be City Council's #1 priority.

Join our Mission

Mission Possible is a housing-focused advocacy initiative by The Ottawa Mission that aims to address the systematic factors that contribute to homelessness in our city. It provides meaningful opportunities to create change through action-driven events, educational resources, community building and personalized support.

Everyone deserves a home. Sign up to help us make this Mission Possible.

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