The new Trudeau government will go ahead this month with a national count of homeless people across the country.
The national point-in-time count is the first time Ottawa has tried to co-ordinate what has largely been a municipally-driven project in some cities such as Regina.
Mayor Michael Fougere says a national homelessness count is a great idea.
Mayor Fougere says having all these communities partake will help the city measure how much of an issue we have here.
In the meantime, the federal government estimates nearly three per cent of Canada’s homeless are former soldiers.
The March 2015 study by Employment and Social Development Canada estimates that 22-hundred-and-50 former soldiers use shelters on a regular basis.
The study finds the average age of homeless veterans is 52, compared with 37 in the general population, and many cite alcoholism, drug addiction and mental health issues as reasons for their circumstances.