The 2018 Winnipeg Street Census occurred on April 18, 2018. 

The Winnipeg Street Census is a large-scale, community-based research project that gathers information about the extent and nature of homelessness in Winnipeg at a point in time. The information collected will be used to improve decision making for funders, governments, and community organizations, as well as tracking progress on ending homelessness over time. The first Winnipeg Street Census took place in 2015. The second occurred on April 18, 2018.

The information is gathered in two main ways: 

  1. a brief face-to-face survey conducted by volunteers 
  2. data provided by organizations and government agencies.

The Street Census follows an approach used by cities around the world. The method has been adapted to Winnipeg’s local context based on input from local researchers, service providers, outreach teams, police and safety patrols, and people with experience of homelessness.

The Social Planning Council of Winnipeg is coordinating the Winnipeg Street Census in partnership with many organizations who provide frontline support to people experiencing homelessness.

The partners of the project are:


Aboriginal Health and Wellness Centre

Canadian Mental Health Association Winnipeg

City of Winnipeg

EAGLE Urban Transition Centre

End Homelessness Winnipeg

Government of Manitoba

Here and Now: Winnipeg Plan to End Youth Homelessness

Institute of Urban Studies

John Howard Society of Manitoba

Ka Ni Kanichihk

Lived Experience Circle

Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre

Macdonald Youth Services

Main Street Project

Mount Carmel Clinic

North End Community Renewal Corporation

Resource Assistance for Youth

Rossbrook House

 Siloam Mission

Spence Neighbourhood Association

Sunshine House

The Salvation Army Winnipeg Booth Centre

West Central Women’s Resource Centre

Winnipeg Regional Health Authority


Many community organizations individuals will be providing time and expertise for the Street Census. A majority of the voluntary groups, churches, and not for profit organizations in Winnipeg have graciously worked with us to have surveys conducted at their locations. The planning and preparation for the Street Census has had support from:

  • Amalgamated Transit Union
  • Canadian Observatory on Homelessness
  • Downtown Winnipeg BIZ
  • Winnipeg Police Services


The project is funded by the Homelessness Partnering Strategy through the Government of Canada. Many other community agencies are supporting through participation in planning groups, providing administrative data, and assisting with the survey at their locations.

To contact Winnipeg Street Census, call Kate Kehler at (204) 943-2561 or email kkehler@spcw.mb.ca.