Mission, Goals & Objectives

Leveraging the strengths of lead partners the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness (COH) and A Way Home Canada (AWHC), MtS’ vision is to establish Canada as the world leader in research regarding effective solutions to youth homelessness, in order to transform practice, policy, and systems planning that will create better outcomes for young people.

MtS’ singular goal is to: conduct and mobilize quality research that supports governments, communities, and service providers to make the shift from managing the crisis of youth homelessness, to a focus on preventing and enabling sustainable exits from homelessness.

Based on the strength of the MtS research program, the leadership of the COH and AWHC, and collaboration with existing and emerging partners, we will produce knowledge and mobilize impact by providing communities with the knowledge, data, tools and resources that shifts Canada’s response to youth homelessness within the next five years.

The strategic objectives of MtS include:

  • Operationalize MtS as a true partnership between networks of researchers and end-users;

  • Implement a management and governance structure to support the innovative work of MtS and ensure progress and accountability;

  • Generate research on effective approaches to prevention and sustainable exits from homelessness;

  • Mobilize knowledge by leveraging high impact partnerships that foster systems transformation, ensuring key research evidence is integrated into policy, programs and practice;

  • Provide evidence and facilitate decision-making that will reduce the rates of youth homelessness and thereby its socioeconomic impacts;

  • Develop a cohort of highly qualified personnel in research and practice who develop and utilize skills to co-create and mobilize research evidence into effective policies and practices;

  • Achieve a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive Canadian research enterprise through the meaningful engagement of people with lived experience of youth homelessness.


Mindful that change takes time, after five years we will assess progress in reducing the numbers of youth experiencing homelessness, identifying where additional information and tools are needed.

By generating solutions to an important problem, MtS will enable better outcomes for youth, including housing stability, enhanced health, well-being and inclusion, engagement with school and employment, and successful transitions to adulthood.

Moreover, the work of MtS will result in a significant reduction of youth homelessness in Canada, producing better outcomes for youth, and bringing quantifiable social and economic benefits to Canadian society.

Key outcomes include:


  • Supporting widespread adoption of interventions focusing on prevention and housing stabilization – the ability of youth to remain housed

  • Enabling data and evidence-driven strategies that result in a measurable reduction in the number of young people experiencing homelessness, reducing costs.

  • Fostering community-level cross systems partnerships, coordinated systems of care.

  • Adopting effective interventions designed to support the shift to preventing youth homelessness.

  • Increasing public resources directed at key interventions that focus on youth homelessness prevention and sustained exits.

  • Allowing public systems to more effectively direct limited resources, and enabling greater labour force participation by youth in the long-term.

  • Building a more equitable society that enables marginalized youth (including Indigenous, LGBTQ2S, and racial minority youth) the opportunity to achieve their full potential.

  • Helping Canada become the global leader in preventing & ending youth homelessness through international collaboration and sharing of knowledge created by MtS.