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THE HOUSING PROJECT

Young Canadians matter. How can we ensure they are housing secure?

12 youth. 3 cities. 1 mission: Solving Canada’s youth housing crisis.

PROJECT OVERVIEW

​Join us for a three part webinar series addressing youth housing affordability and equality in Canada’s three largest cities: Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal. With a diverse guest panel of 4 youth from each city, and co-moderated by YouthfulCities and School of Cities, together we will answer: Can Canada be the first country in the world to implement a youth housing strategy?

PROJECT SCHEDULE

  • Toronto: August 26, 2020 2:00pm-3:15pm EST

  • Vancouver: TBD

  • Montreal: TBD

Each webinar will be 1 hr 15 minute discussing housing policy for Canada’s youth (45 min discussion / 30 minute Q&A)

PROJECT CONTEXT

  • Youth (15-29 years old) are 23% of Toronto’s population.

  • 46% of their income is spent on housing.

  • 30% feel it will be at least 10 years before they can buy a home or condo

  • Another 30% feel they will never be able to afford a home at all.

Housing is more than a roof over our heads. It involves a myriad of other issues including access, density, proximity, cost, security, transit, and environment. COVID-19 has exacerbated housing accessibility for youth, making housing access and affordability an even greater challenge. If the cities can’t support them, they may just leave. This would effectively alter the economy and unravel the social fabric of cities.

How can we rethink and rebuild housing policy to support youth now and for generations to come?

  • Generate discussion with a diverse panel to address affordability and equality issues 

  • Identify how COVID-19 has affected housing policy across Canada

  • Create solutions for housing activists and researchers to implement

  • Develop a comprehensive policy brief, outlining concrete recommendations for the creation of a Toronto Youth Housing Policy

  • Foster a network and create opportunities for youth working in the housing space to collaborate

PROJECT OBJECTIVES

GET INVOLVED

Are you ready to take part in the youth housing revolution?

Our Toronto webinar is on August 11 - register for free now!

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