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The Affordability Crisis and the 2019 Election

In March, the Broadbent Institute commissioned a study from Abacus Data to explore how Canadians feel about present-day affordability concerns. Highlights of its findings paints a bleak picture:  

  • 1 in 4 Canadians say that issues such as money, taxes and housing are keeping them up at night; 

  • Nearly 60 percent ranked issues tied to cost of living (wages, taxes, healthcare) as their top issues heading into the federal election; 

  • Found there was a direct correlation between household income and concern about the cost of living; and, 

  • When asked what would make a difference to make life more affordable, a majority felt that covering more under public health care such as dental, prescriptions, and home care, as well as access to decent work and wages would be most helpful. 

Overall, the study found that Canadians have a general feeling of ‘affordability anxiety’ leading into the federal election. 

For this reason, the Broadbent Institute has created a series of fact sheets that look into three major issues effecting affordability — housing, healthcare and taxes, during the federal election. With poll after poll, including our own, showing that affordability may be the top ballot box issue voters are faced with; each fact sheet will include information on a topic as it relates to affordability and the commitments and/or solutions each party has put forward.



Click to Download Issue #1 Housing Factsheet

Related documents: 


Click to Download Issue #2 Expanding Healthcare Factsheet

Related documents:

  • National Pharmacare in Canada Report


Click to Download Issue #3 Tax Loopholes Factsheet

Related documents:

  • 'Filthy Five' Tax Fairness Report 
Download FACT Healthcare 4 Download FACT HOUSING FA Download FACT TAXES FA