As young Canadians face increased costs in education, childcare, and housing, it’s important to understand how governments allocate resources across generations to ensure there is fairness across generations.
Right now, parliamentarians don’t get an official age breakdown of government spending and revenue trends. Generation Squeeze, a non-profit made up of researchers, advocates, campaigners and communicators committed to solving pressing social, economic, and environmental challenges for generations under 45 in Canada, has been campaigning for Ottawa to release these useful numbers.
This spring, I asked the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) to provide MPs with an age breakdown of spending in the 2017 federal budget. By the end of October, the PBO acted on my request, and Generation Squeeze has released a report of their analysis of the information. You can access the article, which also includes a Q&A with me, here.