In Canada, the economic recovery has eased for many, but not for young people. The youth unemployment rate is nearly 15% – double that of the general population. But the real crisis is the increasing number of young grads who are underemployed – mired in education debt and struggling to gain a toehold in a workplace being transformed by globalization and automation. Some call them “the lost generation”. But it’s not only young people who may be lost. If the next generation is unable to forge a way into the economy, who’ll buy boomers’ houses when they decide to downsize? Who’ll pay for social programs? Youth unemployment and underemployment is a ticking time bomb with serious consequences for everyone.
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The documentary is by Dreamfilm, a Gemini Award-winning production company based in Vancouver, B.C.