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Exploring the concerns, priorities, and political engagement of Canadian youth aged 15 to 30.

On behalf of 10 national youth-serving organizations, Abacus Data conducted a national public opinion survey of a representative sample of 1,000 youth aged 15 to 30.

Our study found several key issues of concern among youth, and dissatisfaction with the way things are, but also motivation to change the status quo, influence key issues and support others around them to make a difference.

Here are the highlights of what we found:

While there is general optimism about their day to day lives youth feel there are still societal barriers to success.

85% of youth agree there is still a lot of discrimination in Canada. There is also a recognition of economic inequality with 80% saying it’s harder to get ahead today than in the past. One in four don’t believe that everyone who works hard can make it.

Youth are very concerned about the rising cost of living, specifically housing, and climate change.

Nearly all youth say the rising cost of housing is a serious issue. There is also a widely held belief that climate change is a serious issue.

The web survey was conducted with 1,000 Canadian youth aged 15 to 30 from March 29 to April 5, 2019. A random sample of panelists was invited to complete the survey from a set of blended panels.

The margin of error for a comparable probability-based random sample of the same size is +/- 3.1%, 19 times out of 20.

The data were weighted according to census data to ensure that the sample matched the target population according to age, gender, educational attainment, and region. Totals may not add up to 100 due to rounding.


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