Opinions and Perspectives of Young Canadians

June 24, 2024

On behalf of the National Post, from May 24 to May 26 and June 1 to June 3, 2024, we surveyed young Canadians, specifically Millennials and Gen Z, to find out their opinions and views on future opportunities,  government spending, and more, in Canada.

Some of the key highlights of our survey on young Canadians' in Canada include…

  • More than two-thirds of Gen Z and Millennials (68%) believe that beginning their adult life, such as obtaining a quality post-secondary education, establishing a career, and/or starting a family in their own home, is harder today compared to how it was for their parents. Only 13% of young  Canadians think it is about the same, and another 13% feel it is easier​.

  • Young Canadians are divided on future home ownership, with 45% feeling they are likely to own a house or condominium in the next ten years and 48% believing it’s unlikely to happen for them. Men (50%), those earning $60K or more, and those who identify as BIPoC (52%) are more confident about future home ownership compared to their counterparts.

  • There is a high agreement among Gen Z and Millennials that immigrants should share common Canadian values, with 70% supporting this notion. Additionally, 68% believe that older generations had it easier, and 54% think previous generations are rigging the system for their benefit and making it harder for younger generations.

  • Young Canadians are slightly more likely to support less government spending (34%) than more spending (29%), but 22% feel it should remain at the current level. Men (33%), those in BC (43%), and non-homeowners, and those who believe starting their adult life is easier than it was for their parents (44%) are more likely to believe there should be more government spending.

Methodology

This web survey about young Canadians’ views on economic and future opportunities was conducted from May 24 to May 26, 2024, and June 1 to June 3, 2024, with 938 Canadians aged 18 to 39, randomly recruited from LEO’s online panel. A margin of error cannot be associated with a non-probability sample in a panel survey. For comparison purposes, a probability sample of this size yields a margin of error no greater than ±3.2%, (19 times out of 20).

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