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Homelessness among Canadian military veterans: by the numbers

OTTAWA — Employment and Social Development Canada has produced a report looking at homelessness among military veterans. It cautions that the March 2015 study is far from complete, but it's a start. Here are some of the findings:

— Veterans Affairs estimates there are 697,400 veterans in the country.

— The study estimates that 2,250 veterans use shelters on regular basis.

— The number represents about 2.7 per cent of the total population who use homeless shelters.

— In the United States, a 2014 congressional report suggested that veterans make up 11.3 per cent of homeless adults in that country.

— Britain estimates that veterans make up about six per cent of the homeless population, while in Australia, the number is thought to be about three per cent.

The Canadian Press

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