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Research Report:

Social Housing Wait Lists and the One-Person Household in Ontario

by Suzanne Swanton

In Social Housing Wait Lists and the One-Person Household in Ontario, CPRN Housing Intern Suzanne Swanton, of the University of Waterloo, looks at the housing challenge of low-income, one-person households under the age of 65.  These households make up approximately 40% of applicants on Ontario social housing wait lists and is the cohort with the longest wait times, typically in the order of years. With a trend toward smaller household size, low-income, one-person households confront severe affordability issues in the private market and deal with long wait times for limited numbers of available social housing units.  Swanton looks at the housing experiences of this group in two Ontario cities, Kingston and Guelph.

The CPRN/SHSC Housing Research Internship and Scholar Program is funded by SHSC and run by CPRN. The program's overall aim is to develop Canada's housing research and policy capacity by attracting and retaining the best and the brightest in the housing sector. The program is an intensive four-month policy research training experience that results in the publication of original housing policy research. For information on SHSC, go to

Release Date: 22 Jan 2009
Number of pages: 54
Document number: 50959

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