"We can't live like this"

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Protect Renters in Canada from Unlivable Costs

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I have never seen so many Canadians from all walks of life struggle as badly as they are today. Rent increases (and even bidding wars on basic rentals) are making it more and more impossible... for people to be able to afford to purchase a home. Greedy landlords use these unfortunate circumstances as opportunities to profit further, and our government is not doing enough.

When my 26 year old son who has a good job looked at me and said, “Mom, I really think I will have to live with you forever because it’s nearly impossible to live on your own”, it broke my heart. The housing and rental crisis is out of control in Canada. People nearly everywhere in Canada are struggling financially more than ever.

The national average rent is now over $2,000. According to Rentals.ca’s January 2023 Rent Report, on average, Canadian renters are paying $224 more per month compared with a year ago. This is an increase of over 12%! What will we do if this continues? This is unacceptable and unsustainable. People are already having to choose between paying their basic bills, rent, and groceries for their family. Everything is going up - except our pay!

Landlords now want to see that you make $100,000 a year just to qualify for a 1 bedroom apartment. The average person makes $40,000 a year and if your rent is $2500 (in many cities) that alone is $30,000 and remember that doesn’t include your bills or groceries and clothing. The number of families that are now living in tents is unbelievable, government officials talk about a homelessness problem - but they fully caused this.

The Government of Canada has a duty to find and implement solutions to the unaffordable housing crisis we are seeing in cities across the country. The rise in inflation has made it less affordable for people to buy, which in turn puts more pressure on the rental market.

Everyone in Canada deserves an affordable place to live. We need national regulations that protect people from not being able to afford a roof over their heads. Sign to join us in demanding that our government works to find reasonable, affordable solutions that will help get this crisis under control.

When are we going to stand up and say enough is enough, how will this affect our kids 5 years from now? We can’t live like this, the rise of rent needs to stop today.

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