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Minimum wage earners can't afford to rent anywhere in Edmonton, report says

Affordable rental housing is nearly nonexistent for minimum-wage workers, report finds Minimum wage earners can't afford to rent anywhere in Edmonton, report says
Russell Knight | 20 July, 2019, 20:29

Across all of Canada the average rental wage is $22.40 per hour to afford an average-priced two-bedroom apartment.

At the identical time, negotiations with provinces are winding along on the receive of a new rent complement for low-income tenants that can realistic about $2,500 a twelve months.

"2d of all, it's likely no longer generous ample to seriously lower the rent for renters, seriously on the lower live of the income spectrum and seriously in substantial cities like Vancouver, Toronto, Victoria, Calgary, Ottawa".

The document defines "cheap" rent as 30 per cent or less of a renter's pre-tax income, the identical lower-off outdated skool by federal officials.

The report released Thursday by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives says someone earning minimum wage would only be able to afford a one-bedroom rental in nine per cent of 795 neighbourhoods in Canadian cities in the study. Combined with other provincial and federal programs, 15,100 and 16,600 new affordable units received commitments in 2017-18 and 2018-19 respectively - three-quarters of the 20,000 affordable units built each year between 1970 and the early 1990s.

A minimum-wage employee would possibly maybe well well earn the money for to rent in precisely a pair of neighbourhoods in Canada, suggests a new evaluation of the country's condo market that additionally raises questions a pair of promised federal rent-complement program.

The new portable housing benefit is to roll out next year and will be tied to a person rather than a unit - meaning recipients can carry it with them through the housing market rather than losing the financial help when they move out of government-supported dwelling.

Leading the way is Vancouver, where a theoretical minimum-wage worker would have to work 84 hours a week to afford the average-priced one-bedroom apartment, or 112 hours a week for a two-bedroom apartment.

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The think tank is trying to draw attention to a lack of affordable and subsidized housing in Canada, as well as insufficient minimum wages.

Renting in Vancouver is unaffordable for anyone earning less than $26.72 per hour, according to new number crunching, making the city the least affordable in the country for non-home owners.

The CCPA points out 4.7 million Canadians rent - they are mostly young adults, senior citizens and newcomers to Canada.

"Across the country, skyrocketing rents for decent apartments show no signs of falling", David Macdonald, the report's author, said in a press release.

In the 1970s, he said, it wasn't uncommon to see 100,000 new, purpose-built rental units being constructed each year. It refers to this figure as the "rental wage". But he said the benefit may not be enough for low-income renters to close the affordability gap.

The "South-East" section is the most expensive with the rental wage being $20.60/hour, while the most affordable is the "North-Centre" at $17.44/hour.

Concern over Canada's housing market tends to focus on homeowners, CCPA economist David MacDonald said, but nearly five million Canadians - about a third of all households - are renters, and they face affordability issues that are just as pressing.

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