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Young people can no longer afford to live in cities, including Oshawa: Canadian think tank

A new study by a Canadian analysis group sheds light on affordability issues facing young people living in 27 cities across the country.

“As the group hardest hit by the pandemic and also the group most likely to work in the service sector, young Canadians aged 15 to 29 can no longer afford any of the cities in which they live – ​​big or small,” we read. a Youthful Cities release. “Young people in Canada have an average deficit of $750 per month living in cities.”

The group notes that in Oshawa, youth have an average monthly income of $2,516.45 and expenses of $3,176.45, resulting in a deficit of $660 per month.

Deficits weigh more heavily on those with part-time jobs. However, even the average full-time worker experiences a monthly deficit of $32.60.

A full-time worker in Oshawa would need to earn $4.47 more than minimum wage to achieve a living wage, according to the group.

The group argues that wages are not keeping up with the rising cost of living.

“Lethbridge [Alberta] is the most affordable city with a monthly deficit of $32.92, but it also has one of the largest gender gaps in affordability at 20%,” he added. “Helping to contribute to its top affordability ranking, renting a one-bedroom apartment in Lethbridge costs well under $1,000 a month, compared to Toronto where average rents are nearly $2,000. per month.

There is a gender difference. Young women in Oshawa have a monthly deficit of $726.31 while young men have a deficit of $584.36.

“Gender pay equity is not a reality,” the group said. “After decades of efforts to create gender pay equity, young men continue to earn more than young women in every indexed city. Wage disparity can often be attributed to the fact that men hold a higher percentage of sales jobs that earn higher salaries compared to women who hold a higher percentage of sales jobs that earn lower salaries.

“Affordability shouldn’t just be about basic survival necessities,” Youthful Cities’ Claire Patterson said in a statement. “Affordability should also include the ability to pay for the things that make a person’s life vibrant when they are able to move forward and achieve the milestones that we see as signs of success. In today’s Canadian cities, opportunities to thrive are simply not equally available to all young people.

“Canada could see a massive drain on critical young talent now and in the future if barriers, including the ability to earn a living wage, access to full-time employment, the youth wage gap men and young women and the failure to provide opportunities to build needed and needed skills are not being addressed,” the group said.

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