The Huffington Post Canada polled 1,004 Canadians aged 18-30 to get a sense of what matters to Generation Y, also known as the Millennial Generation or the Echo Boom.
The Abacus Data poll asked a wide range of questions, from attitudes about marriage, children and home ownership, to retirement planning and civic engagement. Above all, the findings suggest that the last four years of economic turmoil have left a profound scar on Generation Y's collective psyche, likely shaping their outlook and politics for years to come. Read the full story.
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— Abacus Data has focused research on the Canadian Millennial. Read more here.
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The Huffington Post Canada and Abacus Data surveyed 1,004 Canadian millennials from across the country on a variety of issues. Here's what we found:
We asked 1,004 Canadian millennials to rank the biggest challenges facing their generation.
2% rank the decriminalization of marijuana as No. 1 or 2.
5% of millennials rank internet regulation and online privacy as one of their top two issues.
7% rank bullying as the first or second biggest challenge.
8% of millennials rank retirement security No. 1 or 2.
11% of millennials say access to quality health care is one of the generation's top two challenges
20% of millennials rank pollution and environmental protection as No. 1 or 2 of the biggest challenges faced by this generation.
20% say affordable housing is in the top two.
24% of millennials peg the cost of education as their first or second choice for the generation's biggest challenge.
27% say the cost of food, gas and consumer goods are in the top two.
32% of millennials chose "student debt and personal debt" as the first or second biggest challenge.
We asked 1,004 millennials between the ages of 18-30 what it takes to be a good Canadian citizen.
15% of millennials say it takes being active in political parties...
28% of millennials say donating money to charity makes a good citizen..
35% of millennials say that being active in social organizations is important to citizenship..
63% of millennials say being informed about current events is important..
64% of millennials say being able to fluently speak one official language is important..
74% of millennials say a good citizen is someone who always votes in elections.
81% of millennials say good citizens honestly pay their taxes.
43% of millennials rank the availability of quality jobs as their first or second choice.
We asked 1,004 Canadian millennials what were their generation's biggest health challenges
3% say pollution
4% say sexually transmitted infections
7% say disease
11% say poor nutrition
16% say obesity
17% say addiction
19% say mental health
26% say lack of physical activity
Some views from 1,004 Canadian millennials on marriage and family..
18% of millennials are in a common law relationship
66% of millennials are single
15% of millennials are married
63% of unmarried millennials say <strong>yes</strong> 13% say <strong>no</strong> 24% say they are <strong>unsure</strong>
65% of <strong>unmarried women</strong> say <strong>yes</strong> 13% say <strong>no</strong> 22% say they are <strong>unsure</strong>
61% of <strong>unmarried men</strong> say <strong>yes</strong> 13% say <strong>no</strong> 26% say they are <strong>unsure</strong>
33% agree 67% disagree
12% of millennials surveyed have children 88% do not
64% of millennials say yes 12% say no 24% are unsure
Huffington Post Canada's series on millennials, Asking Y. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/news/generation-y" target=blank>Visit it here</a>.
"It seems like we were raised by a world that told us we could be anything we wanted, gave many of us the space to do just that, but was often a little foggy on the details of parlaying that into a life. I'm just trying to find a way to make my dream work for me."
"My family helped drive me forward to make my dream my reality." "I had many jobs growing up, most I hated, but got them because you need money. I learned everything I could and tried new things." "I have a laundry list of jobs that would make you laugh, but I learned a little bit about a lot of things."
"Generation Y has always been dubbed as a lazy, culture-less and tech-addicted group of young people. Screen time has replaced face-to-face time but most of the time, we're okay with this. We have become a young group of entrepreneurs, and use social media as an advantage to find jobs."
"My dreams have only gotten bigger growing up, absolutely no concessions. If you aim low, you won't get far in life, and it's your own fault. If you aim high and don't succeed, at least you tried!" "You won't go far if you don't try. My dreams have grown from just being a teacher, to becoming prime minister."
"F**k the economy. It doesn't matter if the economy is up or down or whatever, you've got to find ways around it to make your passion work. "Once you have your mind set on something it doesn't really matter. "I feel like everything's coming into play. It's not going to be easy, but I'm willing to push and get past it. "Most people don't push. They give in and give up."
"I constantly think about where my next trip will be. It's not because I want to flee my local surroundings, but to feed my curiousity to see other great cities. Sure there are concessions — vacation allowance, frequency of travel, money — but in the end, it happens one way or another. "The good thing about dreams and ambitions is that they are forever evolving. Not all are realistic, but it's okay to keep trying to achieve them."
"I took too much time off from the primary career. I've got to do something else now with my life. I'm working on trying to start an industrial design company now rather than be a scientist. "I don't throw parties like I used to. I don't buy new clothes."
"My life is not at all as I envisioned as a child, but I'm completely at peace with that. At my age I thought I would have a nice big house, married with the 2.5 kids and the white picket fence stereotype Barbie had made us young girls dream of. "This said, I'm extremely happy living with the love of my life and our two cats! Lol! I don't have the urge to buy a house given my nomadic nature. I think people just get into the condo buying, house purchasing in part to fit in a certain status quo. I never really felt the need to prove to others my worth by the possessions I had. "Every generation blames the previous one for their own individual fate, when in reality, it's just an excuse to explain why we have left our dreams behind."
"I'm very optimistic and hopeful about our generation. Our generation is so smart technology-wise and being able to find solutions to things and just being creative and innovative."
"I remember reading PC World when I was a child, calculating the cost to build a computer from scratch, part-by-part. This seemed like the only way I could have my own computer with the going rate of allowance at the time. "All I wanted was to do was consume the endless knowledge… and download tracks from Napster."
"I find when we're younger, we have no interest in our culture and that we don't embrace the fact that we speak another language and eat different food. It's all part of that phase in life when we all just want to fit in. But with age, I find that many of my South Asian friends begin to really appreciate what it is that makes us different. "As we continue to embrace our cultural and religious differences, I'm sure we'll pass it all onto our kids, because no one wants these amazing traditions to die."