home Sweet home

Priced out of the soar­ing hous­ing mar­ket, many Cana­dian mil­len­ni­als have moved back in with their par­ents. An in­ti­mate look at the perks and pit­falls of liv­ing with Mom and Dad

Toronto Life - - This City - As told to Christina Gon­za­les Pho­tog­ra­phy by Dave Gille­spie

The Tra­jec­tory of young adult­hood used to be straight­for­ward: fin­ish school, find a job and move out on your own. But in 2018, mil­len­ni­als face un­sta­ble em­ploy­ment, record-level stu­dent debt and a rental mar­ket where a one-bed­room apart­ment costs $2,000 per month. For many young Toron­to­ni­ans, the only op­tion is to live in their child­hood homes. Ac­cord­ing to the lat­est cen­sus, roughly 42 per cent of On­tario adults be­tween the ages of 20 and 34 cur­rently live with their par­ents. At home, they can save on rent and food, pay off debts, and maybe even squir­rel away enough cash to make a down pay­ment on a house some­day. In ex­change, they of­ten have to give up their pri­vacy, be home by cur­few and sleep in bed­rooms dec­o­rated by their teenage selves. Here, five young adults de­scribe what it’s like to live un­der their par­ents’ roof.

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