175 300x165 Critics say new definition of ‘homeless’ too broad, includes those only ‘at risk’ Canada’s first official definition of homelessness, published this week by a team of Toronto-based of researchers, includes people who are simply “at risk” of ending up on the street – prompting critics to argue that it paints an overly broad picture of the country’s homeless population.

“To say a person is homeless just because they’re having a hard time financially, how on earth are you ever going to enter into that discussion?” said Peter Goldring, an Alberta MP and member of the Edmonton Committee to End Homelessness.

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