Canada

Street Soccer Canada

Street Soccer Canada began as an initiative by housing advocate Paul Gregory to put together a team for the Homeless World Cup in 2004. It is now a thriving network of more than 20 soccer programs in a dozen cities across the country. In addition to running local programmes, they also organise and participate in national and international tournaments.

Street Soccer Canada has been supported by Kara Lang, Canadian soccer star and promoter of women’s football. She worked as technical director and coach for Street Soccer Canada between 2011 and 2013.

Organisation Details

Participants

Marginalised men and women living in shelters or on the street.

Locations

Toronto, Hamilton, Brampton, Ottawa, Mississauga, Thunder Bay, Vancouver, Victoria, Kelowna, Comox Valley, Montreal, Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax

Homelessness Statistics

235,000
People experience homelessness in Canada every year
35,000
People are homeless in Canada any given night
13 - 30,000
People are chronically homeless

A  withdrawal of the federal government’s investment in affordable housing, declining wages, reduced benefit levels, and a shrinking supply of affordable housing have placed more and more Canadians at risk of homelessness (Homeless Hub, 2014).