Volunteers and Team Leads are needed for the Street Needs Assessment, a city-wide event on April 26, 2018 that combines a census of the number of homeless people in Toronto with a 23-question survey. It is performed on a single evening with volunteers who are led by experienced Team Leads.

Volunteers either survey people outside, where they are expected to walk for up to four hours regardless of the weather, or inside City-funded emergency shelters and respite programs.

Outdoors, the survey is done by volunteers covering designated areas in the city and stopping everyone they see to ask if they have a place to stay that night. Volunteers ask anyone who does not have a place to sleep to complete the survey.

Volunteers are also going into emergency shelters and respite programs on the same evening to ask people to complete the same survey.

City staff gather the actual number of people staying in all shelters that night, as well as gathering the bed count for those of no fixed address who are staying in treatment and health care facilities and correctional institutions for that same night.

For the first time, the City of Toronto’s homeless count is part of the federal government’s national coordinated point-in-time count. Results will be included in the 2018 national snapshot of homelessness. The provincial government has recently made local homeless enumeration on a bi-annual basis a requirement for municipalities in order to receive funding for homelessness services.


Multiple locations indoors and outdoors within Toronto’s boundaries.

Indoors: homeless shelters and 24-hour respite programs

Outdoors: streets and other public spaces (primarily downtown)

Date & Time

Thursday April 26

Indoors: 4:30 to 11 p.m.
Outdoors: 5:30 p.m. to 12 midnight

Time Commitment

Volunteers: 6.5 hours
Team Leads: 10.5 hours, including 4 hours of pre-event training