Canada’s housing market is out of control and people in their 20s, 30s and 40s are feeling the squeeze.
Whoever wins the October federal election needs to take serious action to ensure all Canadians – including younger ones – have a good, affordable place to live.
Send a letter to federal election candidates, urging them to commit to meaningful action that ensures ALL Canadians can afford a good home.
Political parties are deciding right now what steps they would take to solve the housing crisis, if elected. But none of the parties have put forward a plan yet that could close the gap for young Canadians. Now is the time to make your voice heard.
Homes in Canada cost up to 4x what a typical younger person can afford, according to Gen Squeeze research. 40% of Canadians face unaffordable rent. Many of them are under the age of 50.
We know the causes of our housing crisis. For too long, housing regulations incentivized speculation, investors and house flippers. Prices are inflated by money laundering and foreign buyers. Our governments haven’t taken enough action to change outdated zoning rules, mortgage regulations, or how they tax housing and land wealth.
But change is possible.
Everyone knows the high cost of living is a major concern for younger Canadians. Political parties are looking for ideas about how to solve these problems – and Gen Squeeze has answers!
If you send a letter, alongside other concerned Canadians, we could put solutions to the housing crisis at the centre of each party’s election platform. This means whoever wins is accountable to their promise.
Send a letter to federal parties right now, calling on them to make the following four commitments to solve Canada’s housing problem.
Four Key Commitments
For all Canadians to be able to afford a good home, parties’ housing plans should include these four commitments, which together create a comprehensive framework for solving the problem:
A guiding principle of Homes First
To help ensure all housing policy treats housing as a place to call home, not a way to get rich
A National Housing Strategy Phase II
To serve ALL Canadians struggling to find a good home, including all 1.7 million Canadians currently in core housing need (the current NHS aims to help ~500,000 people)
A goal to achieve that ☝️ (helping ALL Canadians afford a good home) by 2030
Which is already the goal of Canada’s arms-length national housing agency
Commit to comprehensive — NOT partial — action
Because partial action like only focusing on supply or demand can make things worse
- Action to strengthen the current NHS (social and community housing sector)
- Action to dial up the right supply
- Action to dial down harmful demand
- Action to address wealth inequalities created by housing (rebalance taxation)
- Action to improve housing data
- Action to protect people against a decline in prices
Who your letter will be sent to:
When you submit the form, your email will automatically send to the federal candidates in your riding (based on your postal code) and to policy platform influencers Gen Squeeze has identified in each federal party, listed below.
- Justin Trudeau - Leader of Liberal Party
- Hon. Ralph Goodale - Liberal platform committee co-chair
- Mona Fortier - Liberal platform committee co-chair
- Jean-Yves Duclos - Minister of Families, Children, and Social Development
- Adam Vaughan (Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Families, Children, and Social Development
Elizabeth May - Leader of Green Party
- Jagmeet Singh - Leader of NDP
- Alexandre Boulerice - Deputy Leader and Campaign Co-Chair
- Sheri Benson - Deputy Leader; Critic for housing
- Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet - Deputy Critic for housing
- Brigitte Sansoucy - Critic for families, children and social development
- Andrew Scheer - Leader Conservative Party of Canada
- Lisa Raitt - Deputy Leader
- Candice Bergen - House Leader
- Chris Warkentin - Deputy House Leader
- Karen Vecchio - Critic for Families, Children and Social Development
- Matt Jeneroux - Critic for Infrastructure, Communities and Urban Affairs
- Robert Kitchen - Deputy Youth
- Alex Nuttall - Critic for Youth, Sports, and Persons with Disabilities
- Maxime Bernier - Leader of PPC