Our Real Affordability Index has been sparking conversation all over the country since its launch last May.
ICYMI: Life in Canada is getting harder and harder for young people to afford – let alone to thrive. The Real Affordability Index found that the average young person faces an earnings-to-cost deficit of over $700 per month.
To keep the conversation going, we brought on five young people this summer with help from Canada Summer Jobs to bring the dataset to life with An Interactive Story of Affordability in Canada.
Take a journey through the impacts of affordability in cities across Canada and the challenges young people face as they strive to meet societal expectations, experience joy, and find meaning in an unaffordable time.
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We are in the season of reflection, so Youthful Cities is taking a look at what 2022 has meant for us. As a team, we’ve enjoyed getting out and about in Canadian cities more than we've been able to over the past two years that were so defined by the pandemic. There were highs and lows - from celebrating during launch events to deep concern when our data found that no Canadian city was affordable for young people. 2022 was indeed a busy year, and we would love to share our highlights with you. Here are a few of our favourite things from 2022!
As Canada gets older, attracting young people to small cities is a competitive advantage. Do you know the average age in Canada per the latest 2021 Census release? 42. That's a lot older than it was in 1982 when the median age was 29 years. What does it mean for young people when the population ages?
“A good city is like a good party- people stay longer than really necessary because they are enjoying themselves”– Jan Gehl Why are the costs of joy never included in data about affordability? We think that conversations about affordability need to include more than the bare minimum necessary to survive. That’s why we created a data […]
“Pleasure is not one of the spoils of capitalism. It is what our bodies, our human systems, are structured for; it is the aliveness and awakening, the gratitude and humility, the joy and celebration of being miraculous.” -Adrienne Marie Brown Why are the costs of joy never included in data about affordability? We think that conversations […]
“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody only because and only when, they are created for everybody.” -Jane Jacobs Why are the costs of joy never included in data about affordability? We think that conversations about affordability need to include more than the bare minimum necessary to survive. That’s why we created a data […]