Forced Out: Evictions, Race, and Poverty in Toronto

Wellesley Institute

Executive Summary

This study aims to add to the knowledge on evictions in Toronto in three ways. First, it describes the numbers and rates of formal eviction applications in Toronto 2010-2018. Second, it maps their geographic distribution. Third, it correlates formal eviction application filing rates with census tract sociodemographics of renter households from the 2016 Census to uncover who may be at increased risk of eviction. In order to examine these questions, we use administrative data from the Landlord and Tenant Board, and 2016 Census data.

Stable housing is a well-known social determinant of health, and evictions therefore can have negative impacts on the health and well-being of tenants. Evictions can be deeply stressful and destabilizing for the conditions that keep people healthy. Achieving health for all Torontonians will require addressing residential evictions through policy action.

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