Shelter usage in Alberta

Tracking the capacity of Alberta’s homeless shelters.

Emergency spaces data

Weekly capacity and utilization of homeless shelter spaces funded by the Alberta government, as well as temporary emergency accommodations supported by the Government of Alberta, is posted below. It is a snapshot of the previous week’s occupancy and capacity of all provincially funded shelters within a community based on data received from shelter operators daily. Data on this page is updated every week. Some communities may support additional shelter services that are not included here.

Definitions

Capacity – The maximum number of occupants that each shelter can have residing in the shelter at any given time according to public health and municipal guidelines, and available capacity for Government of Alberta-supported emergency accommodations.

Utilization – A measure of how much emergency accommodation space was used, represented as a percentage of the available capacity. Utilization rates are calculated by dividing occupancy by capacity.

Emergency spaces utilization

CommunityCapacity (July 15)Utilization (7 day average July 9 – July 15)
Calgary2,11573%
Edmonton1,80174%
Rest of Province78675%

Notes

Data includes capacity and utilization statistics for all Government of Alberta funded emergency and transitional shelters within identified communities, and available capacity for Government of Alberta-supported emergency accommodations.

  • Data provided on this page are subject to change. Data is submitted daily by shelter operators and compiled, but not verified, by the Government of Alberta.
  • Capacity data may fluctuate as shelter providers seek to respond to changing needs during periods of high demand, (for example, during the winter months or extreme weather conditions), which may not be captured here on a day-to-day basis.
  • Communities in the “Rest of Province” category include all those that receive funding to provide shelter services, including temporary shelter services to address short-term needs, such as winter accommodations. The sites and number of spaces in each community are fluid and can vary.
  • In 2023/24, agencies in the following communities are receiving funding to operate permanent and/or temporary shelter spaces: Grande Prairie, Fort McMurray, Red Deer, Lethbridge, Lloydminster, Wetaskiwin, Medicine Hat, Cold Lake, Drayton Valley, Lac La Biche, Leduc, and Peace River, Canmore, Slave Lake, and Spruce Grove.

Homelessness supports

For Albertans experiencing homelessness, there are options for accommodations. They can access emergency or transitional homeless shelters, depending on their needs.

Alberta's homelessness response

Homelessness supports