A Statistics Canada Poll On Twitter About Buying A House Did Not Go Over Well
Where's the "I can't afford to buy a house" option?
How old were you when you bought your first house? If you don't have an answer to that because you haven't bought one yet then you're in the same boat as a lot of people. A Statistics Canada poll on Twitter about buying a house didn't sit well with some people because they aren't homeowners and don't think they'll ever be ones.
The government agency posted a poll on Twitter that asked people, "how old were you when you bought your first house?"
That seems like a pretty harmless question considering its their job to get statistics.
However, some Canadians were not impressed by the question itself and the four answer options for the poll.
People could choose either 24 or younger, 25 to 34, 35 to 45, or 46 or older.
According to the Canadian Housing Survey from 2018, 50.6% of first-time homebuyers in Canada were younger than 35 so it's not outlandish for the government agency to have that age range in their poll.
That didn't stop people from coming after Statistics Canada though.
One person tweeted, "You’re missing an option: 'Not a home owner.'"
Another person said, "who approved this tweet?"
"Statistics Canada is straight up just trolling millenials," someone else said.
On January 25, just before the poll closed, 52.1% of people responded that they were between ages 25 and 34 when they bought their first house.
If you combine the responses from people who said they were 24 years old or younger, 35 to 45 and 46 or older, it's less than people who were in then 25 to 34 age group.
Surprisingly, 20.7% of people said that they were 24 or younger when they purchased property for the first time.
In Toronto, therose by almost as much as most people living there make in a year.
However, even renting is unaffordable in somewhere the cost is expected to rise to $2,423 a month this year.
It's possible that those people who said they were young when they first got into the housing market are from an older generation and aren't people who are currently those ages.
However, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation's annual Mortgage Consumer Survey, just a little more than half of the people who bought homes for the first time in 2019 were aged 25 to 34.
Regardless, the options for this poll have millennials in their feelings about affordability and homeowning in Canada.