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  • Albertans Should Celebrate Stalling Home Prices to Protect an Affordability Advantage: New study

    Posted by · November 23, 2022 9:39 AM

    Our new pan-Canadian housing affordability report reveals a massive gap for people starting out in the housing market between their full-time earnings and average home prices in many parts of the country. While affordability has eroded in Alberta compared to earlier decades, the province remains ‘relatively’ affordable compared to the other three most populous provinces.

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  • Canadians Should Celebrate Stalling Home Prices: New study

    Posted by · November 23, 2022 9:39 AM

    After decades of relentless increases, recent dips in home prices have captured attention across Canada. How we judge stalling or falling home prices in this moment is critical. Our new report shows the massive gap that still remains for people starting out in the housing market between their full-time earnings and average home prices.

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  • The Globe & Mail: We can’t solve our wallet problems by neglecting our climate problems

    Posted by · November 19, 2022 1:05 PM

    With inflation on the rise, Canadians of all ages may want to tune out the latest warning from UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres that “We are on a highway to climate hell with our foot on the accelerator.” The prospect of paying for our pollution as part of the fight against climate change can feel like one more hand in our pocket, reaching for a wallet that is already running on empty.

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  • Affordability can’t come at the cost of generational fairness—Ontario Fall Economic Statement

    Posted by · November 16, 2022 9:17 PM

    Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy clearly wasn’t much concerned with generational fairness in his recent Fall Economic statement. His prescriptions for the province at a time of increased economic uncertainty fall well short of following the generational golden rule: to treat other generations as you would want your generation to be treated.

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  • Poll: Majority of Canadians support a price on housing inequity

    Posted by · November 14, 2022 11:02 PM

    New polling by Research Co. for Generation Squeeze shows that a majority of Canadians are now ready for governments to soften the sharpest edges of the home ownership tax shelter.

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  • What you don’t know about the investors driving up housing demand (and prices)

    Posted by · November 09, 2022 4:01 PM

    We might all agree that Canada needs to build more homes. But it’s clear from Gen Squeeze’s comprehensive housing policy solutions framework that supply isn’t a silver bullet. Increasing the number of homes can help push down prices – but decreasing demand can have the same effect. Supply and demand are two sides of the same coin, but we tend to discuss the former as a potential solution far more than the latter.

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  • The Fall Economic Update doesn’t update much for generational fairness

    Posted by · November 04, 2022 7:43 AM

    If you want Canada to work fairly for all generations, here are five key take-aways from the Government of Canada’s Fall Economic Statement, released on November 3, 2022.

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  • The Globe & Mail: Statscan failed young Canadians by underestimating the effect of housing inflation

    Posted by · November 01, 2022 11:20 AM

    Amid all the talk of inflation these days, it’s easy to forget that a generation of young Canadians are shut out of home ownership in part because Statistics Canada failed to sound the alarm over rising housing prices decades ago.

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  • More Homes Built Faster isn’t enough to deliver affordability to Ontarians

    Posted by · October 26, 2022 2:40 PM

    Ontario’s Conservative government released the "More Homes Built Faster Act" on October 25, 2022. If passed, the legislation will aim to expand the supply of housing in the province by speeding up construction, reducing obstacles and fees for development, and increasing density near transit and in residential areas. This includes streamlining new affordable and rental housing developments. The proposed actions have merit but don't go far enough to fix record housing unaffordability. Read our analysis to find out what's missing from the plan.

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  • The Globe & Mail: We can’t fix medical care at the expense of young Canadians’ finances. Here’s why.

    Posted by · October 14, 2022 11:34 AM

    Our universal medical care system is as much a part of Canadian identity as the Maple Leaf. When news reports consistently outline how this system is “in crisis,” there is understandable angst. Fixing the crisis requires that we recognize how personal finances – yours, mine and others – are deeply implicated. To slow the flow of illness into hospitals and clinics, governments need to grow investments that will ease the squeeze on the finances of Canadians – especially younger Canadians – more urgently than they add money for medicare.

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