Tell Canada's Government: Show How Public Spending Breaks Down by Age

Overview

Canada's new Liberal federal government campaigned on many promises aimed at helping younger Canadians. [1]

Unfortunately, the Liberals' first budget grows the age gap in government spending. [2] Indeed, recent history in Canada is that when times are tight, the priorities of younger people are often first on the chopping block.

The Prime Minister may be unaware of this gap, because the federal government does not currently report how public spending breaks down by age.

We need to decode Canada's budgets. It's critical for our governments to report the overall age implications of their spending decisions, so they can be made generationally fair. 

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Obviously we're going to spend more on citizens as they age, but the evidence suggests we're chronically under-investing in younger Canadians. [3]

Committing to regularly reporting how public spending breaks down by age is a critical first step towards a Canada that works for all generations.  

[1] We analyzed the strengths and weaknesses of the Liberal platform here

[2] To learn more, you can read our 2016 federal budget analysis 

[3] To learn more, you can read Measuring the age gap in Canadian social spending 

*graphic represents the 2015 federal budget


Petition

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau, 

Many Canadians in their 20s, 30s and 40s are feeling the squeeze. Young Canadians squeeze in years more of education and tuition, accept jobs or contracts that require years more work to save a down payment, and for many, this means waiting years longer to move out of parents' homes, or to establish financial independence.

Meanwhile, high costs for housing and child care, stagnant wages, high debt loads, less time and worrisome levels of environmental deterioration and intergenerational debt all take their toll. 

We're all doing what we can to ease the squeeze, and it's time our politicians did more, too. A critical first step is to commit to regularly break down public spending by age. It would only take a bit of staff time, but would help pave the way to a Canada that works for all generations. 

[Your comments]

Sincerely, 

[Your Name and Address]

 

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