Happy 1-Year Anniversary!

Right now we’re celebrating the 1-year anniversary of our first ever Benefits offer: a deal with the Credit Unions of BC. That’s the one where you can get up to $200 just for joining a local B.C. credit union! Get hooked up here: https://getyourshare.ca/gensqueeze

We know B.C.’s economy isn’t performing well for young adults, and we’re working hard on that. But in the meantime, our benefits program is about getting you a better deal in the marketplace to help make those daily ends meet. In just the first year, our Credit Unions of BC deal has already paid out $4,500 to Gen Squeeze and its supporters (mostly to you!), with another $5,500 in the queue -- that’s amazing!

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#CodeRed: B.C. is the worst performing economy in Canada for younger generations

Growth for WHAT?

WHO is actually benefiting from B.C.’s inflated real estate economy?

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"I save $255 — AND get an extra 2GB of data."

Ok we’ve got proof! Saving money really is easy when you’re a Gen Squeeze supporter.

In addition to our political advocacy, we try to help ease your squeeze through our Benefits program (think seniors’ discounts, but for all ages), and we just received some awesome feedback from one of our members about their experience saving big bucks through our PBC cell phone plan offer.

Here’s what Ben W. had to say:

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Building Housing Common Ground

When it comes to the CodeRed housing crisis, what can homebuilders, developers, non-profit housing providers, mayors, councillors and senior planners, landlords and people living through the housing squeeze all agree on?

To find out, we convened 48 housing sector leaders from Metro Vancouver to Victoria and Toronto see if we could identify some high-level common ground. 

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Sorry, Vancouver. The grass really is greener on the other side (of the Salish Sea)

Even after almost a decade of living on a conservative budget — with a well-paying job and no student debt — I’m no closer to being able to afford a home in Metro Vancouver.

I moved to Vancouver from Pakistan in 2007 with a bachelor’s in computer science. I was working with a major tech company and felt like I was off to a really great start, as I’d always been very disciplined about saving money. I didn’t drink or go out clubbing. I didn’t buy a lot of new clothes or the newest gadget. And most importantly, I didn’t have any student debt or loans to pay. I always had at least six months of rainy day funds and I never asked for EI, even though right now I’m not working. I always thought I would do really well because I’m disciplined, hard-working, and have a skill which is in high demand. One day, I’ll get a chance to get in the housing market.

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B.C. NDP wrong to claim 2017 budget ignores seniors

Following the B.C. Budget, the opposition NDP offered its assessment over the airwaves. Given the budget portrays a fantasy that B.C.’s economy is the best in the country, there is lots to critique.

However, one of the top concerns identified by Finance Critic Carol James reveals her party’s persistent rhetorical habit to ignore certain budget numbers. According to James, one of the big problems “is that seniors weren’t even mentioned in the budget.” Alas, that’s not at all what the budget numbers show.

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B.C. Budget built on a fantasy for younger British Columbians

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Secure a great job. Own a home. Keep more of our hard-earned money. That’s the promise of BC according to the Premier and Finance Minister. Problem is, that promise is becoming a fairy tale, since B.C. is now the worst performing economy in Canada for younger generations. 

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B.C.’s housing crisis is no laughing matter. But Valentine's Day kind of is!

So we made these fun cards for you to share on social media where you can tag your local elected leaders:

We made cards for the following cities. Click through to find yours! Share them far and wide!

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Thanks, Vancouver! Finally bought a family home. Now can we afford the family?

My husband and I both have good jobs. I'm a paralegal and he's a plumber. Our household income is higher than average, we don't have any debt, we budget our money and live within our means. Why then, has it been so hard for us to establish ourselves and start a family?

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Meet Jennifer: Insuring Against the Squeeze with Co-operators

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You told us home and tenant insurance was an area where we could help ease your squeeze, and so now we are! The Co-operators, our newest Benefits partner, is pleased to offer 10% off on Home or Tenant Insurance (or 20% off when bundled with another insurance product, province depending). 

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“Yes, Canadian governments need to make younger people a priority. I want a Canada that works for all generations."

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