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Can we stop small cities from losing young people? 🙈

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?

Our Generation Is Constantly Searching For A Security That Is Just Out Of Reach

  “Even living in one of the more “affordable” provinces, earning a decent paycheque and working 60+ hours a week, I still live paycheque to paycheque. I’m not poor but I am struggling…  I can only hope to live a happy life, not an affordable one.” – Real Affordability Index Youth Response, Montréal Hi there, […]

All you need is love, the Toronto skyline and $3,853.30 a month…

“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 […]

In BC, Affordability is Dead

“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 […]

Lethbridge is the most affordable city, but for who?

“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 […]

Real Affordability: This isn’t about the future for Canadian youth. This is our present.

“One of the most vital ways we sustain ourselves is by building communities of resistance, places where we know we are not alone.”– bell hooks, feminist writer and theorist. 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. […]

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Heading into the Canadian Federal Election, youth have been dealing with an enormous amount of pressure in addition to the continued impacts of the pandemic.