Hamil­ton’s No. 3 for young adults liv­ing with par­ents: 2016 cen­sus

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - TEVIAH MORO tmoro@thespec.com 905-526-3264 | @Te­vi­ahMoro

When it comes to young adults liv­ing with their par­ents, Hamil­ton ranks third in the coun­try, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est re­lease of Statis­tics Canada data.

Wed­nes­day’s 2016 cen­sus statis­tics show 44.5 per cent of lo­cal adults between the ages of 20 and 34 lived with their par­ents.

Un­steady work and the spik­ing cost of ac­com­mo­da­tion are be­hind that fig­ure, said Wayne Lewchuk, a McMaster Univer­sity pro­fes­sor who stud­ies pre­car­i­ous em­ploy­ment.

“Those two things are re­ally driv­ing this in a huge way.”

Out of 35 cen­sus met­ro­pol­i­tan ar­eas, the top spot went to Toronto, where 47.4 per cent of peo­ple in that 20-to-34 age group lived with their par­ents, fol­lowed by Oshawa at 47.2 per cent.

The Hamil­ton CMA also in­cludes Burling­ton and Grimsby.

Across Canada, between 2001 and 2016, the per­cent­age of young adults liv­ing at home rose to 34.7 per cent from 30.6 per cent.

On­tario had the high­est rate of young adults liv­ing with their par­ents in Canada at 42.1 per cent, or more than two in five, Statis­tics Canada noted in a brief Wed­nes­day.

Lewchuk said the trend re­flects the “gen­eral malaise” in the labour mar­ket. Wages have not kept up with in­fla­tion for 30 years, he added.

Much has been writ­ten about the ero­sion of full-time, per­ma­nent work and the ar­rival of the so-called gig econ­omy: work­ers de­pend­ing more and more on con­tract po­si­tions, free­lanc­ing and tem­po­rary place­ments.

“This is a very tough labour mar­ket for mil­len­ni­als,” Lewchuk said.

In Hamil­ton, house prices have spiked in re­cent years, mak­ing it more dif­fi­cult for first-timers to get into the mar­ket.

Rental rates have also in­creased, mak­ing it harder to find af­ford­able units.

It’s not a com­plete sur­prise that more young adults are liv­ing with their par­ents, sug­gested Huza­ifa Saeed, a pol­icy and re­search an­a­lyst with the Hamil­ton Cham­ber of Com­merce.

“It’s def­i­nitely some­thing we’re hearing more and more.”

More cham­ber mem­bers in their mid- to late-20s than be­fore choose to re­side with their par­ents to be able to set up busi­nesses, Saeed said. “They can’t af­ford both.” The 2016 data showed more young men than women lived with their par­ents.

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