Some parents are happy to help their kids.
Others don’t want their kids to go anywhere else.
But many are concerned about what kind of school they will attend.
Pamela Burdick lives on a block north of her husband, Chris Burdock, in South Toronto.
She and her husband are two of about 1,200 children who live in two-bedroom apartments.
She worries about how their kids will get to school, and what their future will look like.
“I know my kids are going to have a tough time, but they’re not going to be able to get a job in this town because they don’t have the money to pay the rent,” said Burdrick.
The Burdicks moved into their current home with their sons in December, 2015, and have lived there for the past eight years.
They’re not alone.
In 2016, Statistics Canada found more than 1.3 million Canadians lived in a two-person family, and more than 7.1 million children lived in two households.
This is not a new issue.
In 2011, the federal government announced an end to a $20-million subsidy for single parents who could not afford a place to live on the federal budget.
But that subsidy was cut in the past five years.
It was eventually reinstated.
Burdick is worried about her children.
As she walks her son to school every day, she wonders how she’ll raise her children and whether she’ll be able buy her own home.
At the end of the day, Burdack hopes her kids will not have to go through the same hardship.
Her husband says he’s not concerned.
He’s been able to save money and buy a house, and he knows he’ll get a decent job.
But he’s worried about where his children will end up.
Like many parents, Burden is frustrated by what happens to her kids when they’re gone.
With her sons in the car and her daughter at home, Buthick wonders what kind the future will be like for the children of her generation.
Amber Burdell and her son, Jake, ride their bikes down a busy street in Toronto’s northwest on a sunny afternoon.
They’re wearing green and white shorts and green and yellow shoes, but she says they’re still in school and have a car.
Jake is in Grade 7.
When the kids are done with school, they’ll be taking part in a three-day summer camp for students with special needs.
The camp starts on July 6, and the Burdells say they’ll continue to send their kids there every summer.
(Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press)The Biddells have not made any promises about how they plan to support their kids in the long term.
Chris Burdix, who runs a website that teaches people how to make money by teaching them how to survive on their own, says he and his wife are committed to teaching the kids about the importance of education.
That means they’re taking a risk by putting Jake and his siblings in classes that aren’t for them, said Biddell.
Jake and his brother, Nick, are two boys in Grade 3.
Darryll Burdill said she’s worried that her children’s future may be impacted if they are forced to leave their neighborhood.
One day, the Biddillys might need to relocate to another part of the city, she said.
On a recent Sunday, Chris and Amber Burdills and their three young children gathered for a picnic at a park.
Their youngest, Jake is sitting on the grass with a picnic basket under his arm.
He has a little green dog.
I have a great dream, said Amber.
He loves to go on walks.
I can’t wait to see him.
It’s sunny and cool.
My kids, I can see them doing their homework and doing their science classes.
And my husband, he’s playing the guitar.
And he’s doing his yoga.
They have a good time.
They don’t get a lot of sun.
We’ve been trying to find a place where we can put our kids and we’re not living on our own, she added.
There are about 2,000 families in Burdiell’s neighborhood, where the median income is $31,000.
She said that means about half her family’s income.
To keep up with the needs of the neighbourhood, Amber Biddel says she’s taking a step back from her family business and focusing on the needs and wants of her kids.
If my kids want to go into another city, I’m going to go ahead and do it.
I’m not going out and giving up my business, she says.
Last week, the Toronto District School Board