Kids Talk Housing

In 2011, close to one in ten
Canadian households were in housing need. Most of these households are
paying more than one third of their income just
to put a roof over their heads. Shouldn’t we all be able to
afford housing and have money left for
other things, like food and clothing? The way we design our
communities has a big impact on the
environment and our quality of life. Shouldn’t our homes be more
energy-efficient, and located closer to
jobs, services and public transit? One in five indigenous people
who live off-reserve are homeless or live in
over-crowded, unsafe or inadequate housing. A
home isn’t just a place to live. It gives you hope for the
future, and a stepping stone to a
better life. A lot of Canadians rent their
homes. But three quarters of the
rental buildings in Canada are over 30 years old, and many of them need a lot of
costly repairs. Shouldn’t we make sure rental
housing is repaired and in good shape now? Over the last 15 years,
house prices in most of Canada grew almost three times faster
than incomes. In Toronto and Vancouver,
the price of a home grew more than four times faster than the
average income. When I grow up, I’d like to buy
my own place but how will I pay for university and still save enough for
a home? Every year, one hundred
and fifty thousand Canadians have to stay in a temporary
shelters. Many of them are children –
like me. It shouldn’t be that way.
Can’t we do more to help them? There’s a gap between
where we are and where we want to be. We need your help. Share your ideas for better
housing outcomes in Canada.

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