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In Canada, there are no reliable statistics on the size of the homeless population.
The Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat estimates that homelessness affects about 150,000 people, but other sources say it is closer to 300,000. Being homeless affects different people for different reasons. What they have in common however, is being forgotten, ignored, abandoned or excluded from society. Deeply affected by the turn their lives have taken, they lack the instinct, reflex, confidence or will to get medical care. They range from youth living on the streets and homeless people, to those at risk of becoming homeless, drug users, sex workers, and uprooted Aboriginal people. They all have different, often difficult, pasts filled with substance abuse, violence, homelessness, loneliness, and displacement.