Photo: Four members of B.C.'s new government who could play key roles in easing the squeeze, from left to right: Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing; Premier John Horgan; Carole James, Minister of Finance; Katrina Chen, Minister of State for Child Care
B.C.'s new NDP government - supported by the BC Greens – came to power partially on a wave of anger & dissatisfaction with how the previous BC Liberal government handled (and failed to handle) the affordability crisis.
Indeed, the first commitment of the new government - listed in Ministers’ mandate letters - is to “make life more affordable.”
So, what can we expect from Premier Horgan and B.C.’s new government? And where are we focussing our own efforts? This strategy memo lays things out.Read more
Elections BC data show that 40 per cent of 25-34 year olds voted in the 2013 BC election. So too did 49 per cent of 35-44 year olds. Turnout among younger British Columbians was well below that of residents over age 55 who cast a ballot in the last election at rates above 67 per cent.
One of the reasons young people offer to explain why they vote less often is that politicians don’t speak to their priorities or concerns. Others find it’s hard to make meaning of political promises. As a result, for some, the differences between parties is as clear as the mud you find in a swamp.
Generation Squeeze publishes “Swamplight: Making sense of the 2017 B.C. election platforms for voters under age 45” with one week left in the election campaign to address both of these concerns: http://www.gensqueeze.ca/bc_election_2017
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.
Do young people just need to suck it up?
In this 18 minute interview with The Agenda's Steve Paikin, we answer that question and provide some historical context.
Right intention. Wrong execution.
The B.C. government announced it will help first time home buyers to cover the cost of a mortgage down payment by providing a loan of up to $37,500 that will be interest free and payment free for the first five years.Read more
Gen Squeeze Benefits - like seniors' discounts, but for all ages
Our Benefits program might be able to save you some time or money over the holidaysRead more
With the support of Gen Squeeze allies and backers, we made significant progress in 2016. Here are some highlightsRead more
Compared to the start my parents had in life, I thought I’d be miles ahead by age 31.
I have a good education, while neither my mum nor my dad went to college or university. I have a job that I love where I earn a decent living. I don’t have any kids, while they had two by the time they were 25. I don’t even have any vehicle expenses because I can get around by bike in Victoria.
At a cursory glance, you think I’d be laughing all the way to the bank -- right?
Depends on how you look at it.Read more
Kill Chicago premieres the official video for their new single "Take The City" via Generation Squeeze. Directed by Don Levandier (The Motorleague), the video offers insight into the crushing effects of student debt on young Canadians.Read more