We all have a responsibility to make the best choices we can, for ourselves and our families. Most people are trying to do just that, adapting their life as best they can and hesitant to blame anyone but themselves. The trouble is, the old stories about how to get ahead aren’t as true as they once were. Many of us work and study more, and end up with less.
We’re here to tell you that if you’re feeling squeezed, a big part of the problem is about generational circumstances you’ve inherited, NOT about you doing something wrong, or working less hard than your parents, or expecting more. It’s no individual’s fault that full-time work pays younger Canadians thousands less than a generation ago, even though we’re more than twice as likely to have postsecondary and must pay housing prices that are up hundreds of thousands of dollars. These larger circumstances are calling out for us to adapt together, but our governments are failing to adequately heed that call.
Great groups like the Canadian Association of Retired Persons (CARP) lobby to protect the more than $33k that governments spend each year per retiree. By contrast, governments spend a fraction of that – less than $12k – per person under 45. That’s why we’re coming together to build Canada’s most overdue lobby, a lobby to work for Canadians in their forties and younger.