New Research Points to Strong Gains Among Young Quebecers

March 29, 2016

The latest edition of a long-term study on the evolving standard of living of young people in Ontario and in Quebec, co-authored by Analysis Group Senior Economist Laura O'Laughlin, yielded some surprising results on the relative quality of life between 25- to 34-year-old residents of the two Canadian provinces.

The paper, “The index of intergenerational equity: 2016,”  found that since 1976, there has been an increase in the standard of living for young Quebecers, while the standard of living of young Ontarians has actually declined slightly over the same time period — a result that seems to contradict certain commonly held perceptions.

The study's authors collected 26 socio-economic indicators and combined them to form an “Index of Intergenerational Equity,” with the purpose of addressing two key questions about the evolution of standard of living of this cohort between 1976 and 2013:

  • Has the living standard of young people improved or deteriorated?
  • Have power, wealth, and jobs been shared more or less equally across generations?

For the first time, this year's report offers a comparison of these socio-economic indicators as experienced in the provinces of Ontario and Quebec. This latest report has garnered media exposure in Canada, and was a cover story of the Canadian French-language newsmagazine L'actualité. Analysis Group's Laura O'Laughlin was also invited to discuss its results on a recent edition of Radio-Canada Toronto.

Read the study (in English)

Read the study (en français)

Read the L'actualité article (en français)

Listen to the segment on Radio-Canada Toronto (en français)