Canadians define homelessness as the state of a person, family, or an unstable community that is unsafe, with inappropriate housing. The definition is not comprehensive and fails to incorporate all the experiences of homelessness in Canada. Each person and different teams have their understanding of homelessness. The concept is not sternly a problem of unstable housing, but its issues that affect other people worldwide.

Homelessness is also defined natively with the inclusion of traumas that the native peoples face during colonialism. According to indigenous homelessness, homelessness is a human situation that explains more about the First Nations, Inuit persons, and M├ętis, or communities running shot of stable, permanent, and proper housing. Basically, native homeless does not involve lacking a structure of occupancy, but its definition is explained via the composite lens of native global views.

Since the homelessness experiences are not the same, the approaches to addressing the issues are also different. In most instances, one system may not fit to solving issues of homelessness for each community. The homelessness experiences differ from one age group to another.

The variation of Homelessness experiences among the teens is not similar to the adults due to the age differences. This brings to the third definition that Youth homelessness is defined as conditions and incidents that teens aged thirteen and above years face while living independently. Besides, these are the experiences such youths face as they leave alone away from their guardians or parents and have no know-how concerning secure or a steady home.