Funding Partners
We’re proud to receive support from a diverse, innovative mix of individual Members, and academic, philanthropic, and private sector funders.

Gen Squeeze is on a march toward 100 per cent financial self-sufficiency, funded by individual Members.

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En route, we’re pursuing a diversity of funding opportunities that allow us to maintain strict standards of independence, compensate our staff and contractors with fair, professional wages that reflect the growing squeeze on young people, and demonstrate our commitment to building shared understanding and common ground.

Standards of Independence

  • Gen Squeeze accepts funding from individuals and organizations for the general support of our activities. Our research, policy and advocacy judgments are made independently and not on the basis of donor support.

  • Research, policy and advocacy judgements, in furtherance of our vision, are guided by our understanding of the best-available evidence, as synthesized through the work of the Gen Squeeze Lab, currently coordinated by Dr. Paul Kershaw, a tenured Professor whose salary is paid for by the University of British Columbia.

  • Commercial interests do not provide any funding for the Gen Squeeze Lab.

  • Acceptance of financial support does not constitute implied or actual endorsement of donors or their products, services or opinions.

Funding Summary


We’re proud to receive support from a diverse, innovative mix of individual Members, academic, philanthropic and private sector funders, and event sponsors as we pursue our vision of a Canada that works for all generations.

We believe transformative change requires working together. For each funder/type of funding, we describe areas of shared common ground, e.g. for our #CodeRed campaign as established during our "Building Housing Common Ground" work.

United Way of the Lower Mainland
LandlordBC
Wesgroup
Vancouver Foundation

About

The United Way of the Lower Mainland (UWLM) works with local agencies, governments, and donors to advance its vision of a healthy, caring, inclusive community.

Common Ground

UWLM believes that everyone in the Lower Mainland deserves a chance at a good life, including the hundreds of thousands of younger residents — and the young children we may have — who are increasingly being squeezed. We share a commitment to research, collaboration, and advocacy to help people understand the issues, and influence public attitudes, systems, and policies.

Funding

UWLM has funded Gen Squeeze since our inception. It is currently contributing $50,000, concluding in the summer of 2018, to support our #CodeRed affordability campaign and core operations.

We’re proud to have the support of UWLM! If you live in the Lower Mainland, we encourage you to consider supporting them. You can learn more, make a gift or get involved here.

About

LandlordBC is a professional association for landlords throughout British Columbia, striving “to balance the landlord’s rights to operate in a free market with the tenants’ rights to access safe, stable housing, as one unified, respected voice for the rental housing industry.”

Common Ground

Our engagement with LandlordBC began soon after the launch of our #CodeRed affordability campaign. They endorsed our foundational principle of Homes First, and sponsored and participated in our 2016 Building Housing Common Ground event, of which came ten additional, common ground principles for tackling the #CodeRed housing crisis. While each participant helped shaped all ten principles, it’s fair to say LandlordBC and Gen Squeeze share particular interest in:

  • Principle 4: “Level the Playing Field Between Renters and Owners,” especially as it pertains to incentivizing more purpose-built rental and changing the cultural perception of renters.
  • Principle 6: “Channel Private Investment to Public Benefit,” especially as it concerns the incentivization of more purpose-built rental.
  • Principle 8: “Revise Tax Policy”, e.g. our mutual support for Vancouver’s Empty Homes Tax.
  • Principle 10: “Mobilize Younger Generations” to ensure young people’s voices are heard and reflected in municipal, provincial and federal housing decisions.

Funding

Landlord BC is currently contributing $12,000 to support our #CodeRed campaign (2018).

We’re proud to have the support of LandlordBC! If you’re a landlord in British Columbia, we encourage you to consider participating in their Landlord Registry, designed to assist renters in identifying knowledgeable landlords who are committed to providing safe, secure, and sustainable rental housing.

About

Wesgroup is one of Western Canada’s largest private real estate developers.

Common Ground

We first engaged with Wesgroup both in the lead up and during our 2016 Building Housing Common Ground event, of which came ten common ground principles for tackling the #CodeRed housing crisis. While each participant helped shape all ten principles, it’s fair to say Wesgroup and Gen Squeeze share particular interest in:

  • Principle 4: “Level the Playing Field Between Renters and Owners,” especially as it concerns the incentivization of more purpose-built rental.
  • Principle 7: “Encourage Density, Diversity and Efficiency” to help improve young people’s access to a range of suitable housing options.
  • Principle 10: “Mobilize Younger Generations” to ensure young people’s voices are heard and reflected in municipal, provincial, and federal housing decisions.

Funding

Wesgroup is currently contributing $75,000 to our #CodeRed affordability campaign and core operations (2018).

We’re proud to have the support of Wesgroup! We encourage you to check them out.

About

The Vancouver Foundation is Canada's largest community foundation, working throughout British Columbia to harness the gifts of ideas, money, time, and energy to build healthy, vibrant, livable communities.

Common Ground

The foundation shares our commitment to the concept of common ground itself, being publicly committed to “bringing together donors, non-profits and charities, government, media and academic institutions, local leaders, and passionate individuals to build meaningful and lasting change in the province of B.C.” We also share a specific commitment to ensuring “people enjoy levels of health and well-being achievable by addressing social determinants” like housing and child care.

Funding

Vancouver Foundation has supported us since our inception, and is currently contributing $75,000 (2018) to our #CodeRed affordability campaign and core operations.

We’re proud to have the support of the Vancouver Foundation, and we’d like you to consider supporting them! Learn about the many ways you can make a gift, here.

Urban Development Institute
Vancity Credit Union
Members
Event Sponsors

About

The Urban Development Institute (Pacific Region) is a non-partisan and non-profit association that serves as the public voice of the real estate development industry in B.C. They’re committed to partnering with communities, governments, and key stakeholders to create and achieve the vision of balanced, well-planned, and sustainable communities.

Common Ground

We first engaged with UDI Pacific both in the lead up and during our 2016 Building Housing Common Ground event, of which came ten common ground principles for tackling the #CodeRed housing crisis. UDI is proud to support the work of Gen Squeeze in the following principles:

  • Principle 6: “Channel Private Investment to Public Benefit,” especially as it concerns the incentivization of more purpose-built rental.
  • Principle 7: “Encourage Density, Diversity and Efficiency” to help improve young people’s access to a range of suitable housing options.
  • Principle 9: “Go Beyond Housing Policy,” especially as it pertains to linking transportation investments with density.
  • Principle 10: “Mobilize Younger Generations” to ensure that young people’s voices are heard and reflected in municipal, provincial and federal housing decisions.

Funding

Urban Development Institute is currently supporting our #CodeRed affordability campaign and core operations with a $150,000 contribution (2017/2018).

We’re proud to have the support of UDI Pacific! We encourage you to check them out.

About

Vancity is a values-based financial co-operative, and the largest credit union in Canada. Their vision is to redefine wealth in a way that furthers the financial, social, and environmental well-being of their members and communities.

Common Ground

We share a commitment with Vancity to ease the squeeze on younger residents in the marketplace, as reflected in their multi-year support for the development of our Perks program.

On the housing front, Vancity participated in our 2016 Building Housing Common Ground event. They helped shape ten common ground principles for tackling the #CodeRed housing crisis, of which it’s fair to say Vancity and Gen Squeeze share particular interest in:

  • Principle 5: “Innovate with new tenure and equity models”.
  • Principle 6: “Channel private investment to public benefit,” as reflected in Vancity’s efforts to provide flexible home ownership options, and to increase the supply of affordable rental and owned housing.

Funding

To help get our social enterprise Perks program off the ground, Vancity generously seconded us a staff person (the most-excellent Erin Robinson, now VP Operations) and supported the secondment with $40,000/year for two years (2015-2017).

We’re proud to have the support of Vancity Credit Union! If you live in B.C., we encourage you to check them out, including all the work they do to invest in our communities.

About

Members are individual supporters who have signed up for our pay-what-you-can monthly Membership, to help advance the cause and gain access to exclusive Perks, invitations to special events, Gen Squeeze swag, and more.

Common Ground

Gen Squeeze Members are diverse mix of younger, squeezed Canadians, concerned parents and grandparents, and people of all ages and backgrounds who support our specific campaigns and/or share our vision of a Canada that works for all generations.

Funding

We expect to receive approximately $20,000 in Membership contributions through 2018, supporting the full range of our activities and operations.

Help us amplify the voice of young Canadians in politics and the marketplace. Become a Member, today!

About

Every year Gen Squeeze hosts events to bring together our community, and to raise awareness about key issues related to the time, money, service, and environmental squeeze faced by millions of younger Canadians. These events have been supported by a range of funding partners, including Kawkab Jamal and Associates, Edge Benefits, Manulife Bank, Metro Vancouver Regional District, LandlordBC, Watershed Partners, and the North Shore Community Resources Society.

We’re currently seeking sponsors for the next round of Building Housing Common Ground events. Please contact eric@gensqueeze.ca if your organization is interested in helping out.

Academic Funding

About

Academic funding to support the work of the Gen Squeeze Lab comes in two main forms: (1) academic grants from e.g. the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and (2) from time allocated by Dr. Paul Kershaw as part of his research, teaching and community engagement responsibilities as a tenured professor at the University of British Columbia.

Common Ground

From our early days, Gen Squeeze has sought to strengthen connections between academic research, policy development, and non-partisan public engagement and mobilization to ensure the best available scholarly evidence shapes government decisions. All of Gen Squeeze’s advocacy positions continue to be rooted in the independent, academic work of the Gen Squeeze lab, currently coordinated by Dr. Paul Kershaw at UBC.*

*The Gen Squeeze lab exists to advance our understanding of the best available evidence, operates in an environment of academic freedom, free from commercial influence, and in furtherance of both Gen Squeeze’s vision and broader academic visions to “foster citizenship, advance a civil and sustainable society, and undertake outstanding research to serve the people of Canada and the world.”

Funding

Our 2018 academic funding is in the form of time allocated by Dr. Paul Kershaw as part of his research, teaching and community engagement responsibilities as a tenured professor at the University of British Columbia. Across the board, UBC is supporting thinking that can change the world. Be a part of it by checking out the many inspiring projects and ways to give here.

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