Choosing House or Kids?

(March 24, 2012 )

UBC Public Policy Professor Paul Kershaw refers to people under 45 as the "squeeze generation." He argues they're having to do more with less, which limits the number of kids couples can have.

Kershaw says young couples who want to have kids can't afford it because they're paying 150 per cent more for housing than the previous generation.

"Our country's and our province's failure to use policy to adapt to the declining standard of living for the generation raising young kids is looking more and more like Canada's unofficial one-child policy," he claims.

If housing prices don't budge, Kershaw argues the government should step in with better policies around parental benefits and child care services for families.

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