Spending a third of your income on housing is generally considered a reasonable proposition. The idea is to have money available for other forms of consumption, like healthy food primarily, while allowing for some resources to support other needs such as moderate savings or recreational activities. Does that sound like too much to ask for in a country like Canada, doubly so in its largest connurbation? Not to us, but a recent feature on cbc.ca describes a fairly typical reality in which half or more of a person’s income goes to the rent. This pressure is a major part of what constitutes precarious housing, along with issues of security and good repair.