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WTF: Where’s the family? A community conversation for change

On May 1st, 2012, Paul Kershaw, one of Canada’s leading thinkers regarding family policy, made a presentation at Georgian College in Barrie, Ontario. Paul Kershaw has launched a national speaking tour in collaboration with YMCAs in many provinces across Canada to start the conversation “WTF: Where’s the Family”. The goal is to engage Canadians across the country, and keep the focus on this important question. Paul’s work focuses on the squeeze that is being felt by a generation of parents trying to raise young families in a time when the cost of living continues to increase, and wages remain static.

It is our hope that opening the doors to host this discussion in partnership with the Coalition of Simcoe County and the Huronia Community Foundation, will lead to continued discussion and awareness about this challenging issue.

Did You Know?

  • Almost 10,000 families in Simcoe County are living in low income. (70% or more of income is used on basic necessities such as food, shelter and clothing)
  • 8% of households in Simcoe County with children under age six living in them are considered low income
  • 46% of tenant households spend 30% or more of their household income on rent 2006 Census Stats Canada

Many families find raising a young family while trying to keep pace with the cost of living has increasingly become a challenge. With many families having less time to spend together and limited resources to work with, what solutions would you like to see implemented?

Take our discussion questionnaire to share your thoughts!

Take the survey, click here.