As inflation grips Canada, people turn to crowdfunding platforms to meet basic needs

Last week, Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland detailed $8.9 billion in measures to tackle the rising inflation — currently at a 30-year high — in a new ‘Affordability Plan’ to a high-profile audience at the Empire Club in Toronto. It includes free dental coverage for people earning less than $90,000 a year, increasing the Old Age Security by a mere 10 percent, and a few other things. 

In my estimation, none of these measures actually gets to tackling the systemic affordability issues. 

Minister Freeland might be suffering from a lack of perspective on what the affordability crisis looks like up close. Where can she gain that perspective? Reading the stories on crowdfunding platforms. She’d learn a ton. 

People who are struggling to make ends meet are turning to crowdfunding platforms for support. Medical expenses related GoFoundMe campaigns alone ra

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