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May 28, 2024

Research Snapshot: Living Arrangements and Housing Affordability Among Young Adults in Canada

Highlights of a study of how young newcomers are coping with housing unaffordability

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As the housing affordability crisis continues to affect young adults in Canada, a growing number are living with parents, partners, extended family, or roommates to cope high housing costs. Those who are newcomers are less likely than those born in Canada to have a “social safety net” that makes this possible.

This study uses census data to examine the impact that nativity status (i.e., whether one was born in Canada or outside the country) and living arrangements have on the risk of having unaffordable housing.

This research builds on our growing understanding of the Family Structure component of the Vanier Institute’s Family Diversities and Wellbeing Framework.

Choi, K. H., & Ramaj, S. (2024, March). Living arrangements and housing affordability issues of young adults in Canada: Differences by nativity status. Canadian Review of Sociology/Revue canadienne de sociologie, 61, 46–66. https://doi.org/10.1111/cars.12462