The National Learning Community on Youth Homelessness is a pan-Canadian community of practice consisting of leading youth serving organizations across the country.


APPROXIMATELY 20% OF ALL HOMELESS PEOPLE IN CANADA ARE BETWEEN THE AGES OF 13 AND 25. This means that over the course of the year there are close to 50,000 young people who experience homelessness.


Community Planning

The purpose of the Community Planning Working Group is to strengthen the Learning Community members capacity to utilize community planning within their communities and regions and to support the development of a national community of practice for community planning to prevent reduce and end youth homelessness.

Cultural Safety and Diversity

The purpose of the Cultural Safety and Diversity Working Group is to support youth service providers to develop policies and procedures that create, maintain and strengthen welcoming space for youth program participants.

Data Collection

The purpose of the Data Collection Task Force is to support the Learning Community to develop a framework for open data sourcing.


The purpose of the Housing Working Group is to support organizations and communities to better respond to the housing needs of youth within their local context.

Mental Health and Addictions

The purpose of the Mental Health and Addictions Working Group is to improve how Learning Community members and our sector support youth with mental health issues and addictions.


The purpose of the Prevention Task Force is to support organizations shift towards implementing a prevention philosophy and framework.

Youth Voice

Youth experiencing homelessness know what supports are necessary and also how systems have failed them. The National Learning Community on Youth Homelessness is committed to creating space for youth to engage in the national conversation and be a key partner in plans to end youth homelessness.



Work to end youth homelessness in Canada requires the voices of youth with lived experience.


Without A Home: The National Youth Homelessness Survey

The Without a Home study is the first pan-Canadian study of young people who experience homelessness. With 1,103 respondents from 47 different communities across 10 provinces and territories, this study’s sample size has enabled us to conduct detailed analyses and to draw important conclusions.

National Housing Strategy Recommendations

The Learning Community has designed six recommendations that are required in the National Housing Strategy to ensure the strategy prevents and ends youth homelessness.

Youth Homelessness Community Planning Toolkit

To support the enhanced capacity to respond to youth homelessness in unique local contexts across Canada, A Way Home has developed this toolkit to help communities create plans to prevent, reduce and end homelessness among young people.

Youth Rights! Right Now!

Youth homelessness is a pressing issue worldwide that requires urgent attention. To help address the issue, a collaborative group of organizations from Canada and Europe have developed Youth Rights! Right Now! Ending Youth Homelessness: A Human Rights Guide for grounding strategies to end youth homelessness in international human rights law.

LGBTQ2S Toolkit

The idea behind the LGBTQ2S Toolkit is that if staff are trained to have cultural competency on LGBTQ2S issues and organizations have inclusive tools like policies and forms, then youth will have better experiences in our spaces and programs.

Housing First Framework for Youth

The need for a consideration of how Housing First works for young people (aged 13-25) is based on concerns raised by policy-makers, practitioners and indeed, young persons themselves, about the applicability of models and approaches developed for adults who are homeless, when applied to a youthful population.

Coming of Age Report

The goal of this report is to present an argument for approaching how we respond to youth homelessness in a new way. The report achieves this by pulling together key information about youth homelessness, to better inform how we respond to the problem.

Community Workspace on Homelessness

The Community Workspace on Homelessness is an interactive space for leaders, service providers and policymakers to share information, seek input and guidance from others, as well as have discussions around homelessness.

Youth Housing Toolkit

This toolkit outlines some ideas for transitional housing incorporating the Foyer model but is meant to provide a model that is flexible and adaptable.

Youth Employment Toolkit

This toolkit outlines some ideas for providing a youth employment project for at-risk youth and is designed to create a model that is flexible and adaptable.





The National Learning Community on Youth Homelessness (Learning Community) is now accepting General Members. This new membership category enables organizations and individuals working with homeless youth to access the resources of the Learning Community.