Garden suite SUCCESS for the Garden City!

“Build it and they will come. Well we have a reverse problem: they have come, but we haven’t built it.”

- Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps, April 13

Victoria B.C. can feel pretty -- well, Victorian. Some say it’s too old fashioned, moves too slow and shuts down too early, while others find it to be a beacon of west coast life, culture and progress (I happen to think it’s all of those things).

At a public hearing last week in Victoria, city council voted unanimously to permit garden suites in municipal zoning. This has the potential to pave the way for more diverse and secure rental options in the city.

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We did it! Victory on housing affordability!

On Friday Gen Squeeze participated in a roundtable discussion about the Fair Housing Plan announcement with Ontario Minister of Finance Charles Sousa. Photo by Peter Maragos.

Generation Squeeze congratulates the Government of Ontario for its new Fair Housing Plan. It shows that the government is addressing the #CodeRed concerns of younger generations who know that the economy fails us so long as skyrocketing home prices leave our earnings behind. Guided by our “Homes First, Investments Second” principle, we called for new policy measures to level the playing field between renters and owners, tax housing wealth fairly, and encourage density to increase supply, especially purpose-built rental. (For more info, see http://bit.ly/GS_ON2ndworstecon). Premier Wynne's team has boldly started down this path. 

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The kind of long-time homeowners we need on our side

I’ve known Heather MacAndrew and David Springbett since 2010. All through my roller coaster communications career spanning government, politics and all kinds of civic engagement, they’ve been two of my favourite people to talk shop with. I’ve fist-pumped for Heather’s Letters to the Editor more times than I can count. David can fix, hack or build most anything that crosses his path. They’re just fun people to explore ideas with and learn from.

They’re also Oak Bay homeowners who’ve totally won out in the housing lottery in one of Victoria's most affluent neighbourhoods, but can still see the bigger picture and have a fascinating perspective on the affordability crisis. They’re exactly the kind of long-time homeowner we need on our side.

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How Ontario Can Tackle the Housing Crisis

On March 11th Gen Squeeze held our first Code Red community meeting in Toronto. We listened to local community leaders and brainstormed ideas for action, and this meeting as well as our Building Housing Common Ground work informed the policy recommendations below. 


 

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Ontario is the second worst economy in Canada for younger generations

The next provincial election in Ontario is a year away.  Since many citizens will cast their ballot for the party they believe will best steward the provincial economy, Generation Squeeze has prepared this study to showcase the performance of the Ontario economy relative to other provinces and over time. 

The results are clear and concerning.  They show that Ontario is now the worst performing economy in Canada for younger generations east of the Rockies.   

Read the full study here 

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This eight-part mega infographic tells the story in BC

   

How has B.C.'s economy gotten so bad, and who's been at the helm
during the worst of it? Learn more in the mega infographic below!
 

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Federal Budget 2017 doesn’t prioritize younger generations

 

Housing, childcare & education funds dwarfed by retirement and medical increases:

Finance Minister Morneau’s 2017 budget commits to strengthening the middle-class, and supporting those working hard to join it.  Alas, his budget numbers show that Ottawa offers considerably more hope to the aging population than to their kids and grandchildren.

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

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