Economic Conditions

Most young people live with parents or other caregivers. The family’s education level, job, and income affect young people’s social and economic situations. This socio-economic status can determine whether youth live in a safe neighbourhood and have access to nutritious food and decent housing. It affects their ability to focus on success in school, pursue their interests, and get extra help when they need it.

Many of the factors that affect the economic conditions of households and communities are beyond people’s direct control. Economic and social welfare policies, as well as events at the national and global level, can lead to social and economic exclusion.

Strategies to create economic conditions that foster for resilience:

  • Encourage youth to invest in their school success and pursue post-secondary education.
  • Help youth access the job market and employment services.
  • Help adults access literacy training programs, formal education, and jobs that pay a living wage.
  • Support efforts to ensure that working families receive a living wage, employee benefits, and employment insurance benefits.
  • Link newcomers to settlement services that can help them find jobs.
  • Advocate for the recognition of foreign-trained professionals.