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Research and data

We need reliable data to better understand homelessness.

Homelessness is a complex issue.

Access to quality information is crucial.

That is why, in addition to gathering data in partnership with the health and social services system, we have built a research department at the Old Brewery Mission to study and analyze the issue of homelessness in its many facets.

The face of homelessness in Montreal has changed rapidly in recent years against the backdrop of an unprecedented housing crisis in Montreal and the COVID-19 pandemic, which heightened social insecurity. The latest official figures come from the 2018 Everyone Counts census.


The Everyone Counts census was conducted by the Ministère de la Santé et des Services Sociaux on the night of April 24, 2018, with the support of several partners and players in the homelessness sector, including the Old Brewery Mission.

  • 3,149

    people experiencing homelessness

  • 22%

    spent the night outdoors

  • 67%

    had slept in an emergency shelter in the previous 12 months

  • 23%

    were women

Want to know more about the homelessness situation in Montreal?

Consult the highlights of the 2018 point-in-time count (French only).


Studies conducted directly by the Old Brewery Mission provide us with data on our own organization (services, programs, partners, etc.).

This data helps us document our actions and make informed decisions.

Access to reliable data and statistics is essential for a better understanding of homelessness. We are constantly striving to improve our services in order to offer ever more sustainable solutions to the people who visit our facilities.