Decent, safe, and affordable housing is an absolute foundation for healthy lives. Research has shown the critical links between housing and health. Without appropriate and secure housing, our health suffers, our mental health deteriorates, we are more stressed. Without affordable housing we may need to skip on food or medications in order to pay the rent. Every single person requires affordable housing in order to be healthy, and yet so many struggle to find decent housing in Canada, one of the richest countries in the world.
Brittany Andrew-Amofah is the Broadbent Institute's Senior Policy and Research Analyst and Rebecca Cheff is a Researcher at the Welleslesy Institute.
What would you do if you had to make the decision between paying for prescription medications and paying the rent? Sadly, too many Canadians are faced with this impossible dilemma every day. In our first blog in this series, we wrote about the ‘affordability anxiety’ that Canadians face as they make everyday choices that impact their health and well-being. In this blog, we look at how the cost of medication feeds into affordability.
On average, Canadian families spend $450 per year out-of-pocket on prescribed medications. We know medication costs can be unaffordable, sometimes unexpected, and can eat away at family budgets for other important expenses, like groceries, housing costs, or emergency savings.
The BC Government announced its commitment to “developing new laws, standards, and policies to better support” disabled people “to live with dignity and to meaningfully participate in their communities.” To help inform this process, the Broadbent commissioned a submission from writer and consultant, Gabrielle Peters, on the historical and contemporary contexts of the experiences of disabled people in B.C. and provided a guideline and list of recommendations for the province's impending disability framework.
Public education is the foundation of Canadian society. Over the past two centuries, the institution has developed into rite of passage for children and youth, playing an integral role in their career development and meaningful participation in democratic life.
Despite wide-spread support for a publicly funded education system, education funding in provinces such as Ontario, Alberta, and Saskatchewan is the target of short-sighted attacks by current Conservative governments, the effects of which could impact a whole generation of students.