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?
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?
Evidence shows that governments shift priorities. Take, for example, in 1982, when we invested almost six percent of Canada’s GDP in education. Now it’s 4.5 percent. What else are #Canadianyouth missing out on as Canada gets older?
Canada needs to work for young people. And it’s not just young people that stand to benefit when it does. Youth bring with them innovation, agility, and fill roles essential to our communities.
So what can we do to attract and retain young people to live in our communities? Not just our major cities – Toronto, Montréal, Vancouver – but also the smaller communities who have just as much to lose and gain.
That’s why Youthful Cities is embarking on our new endeavour to find the best small city for young people to work in. We are setting out to create a ranking, awards and information hub to help small cities in Canada be more attractive to young workers. High-quality data will build recommendations for small and medium-sized municipalities to help retain and attract young people.
Are you a leader in your community, working within an economic development office, or a youth agency that wants to see how well your municipality is doing for young people?
Join us to add your city to our list.
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