Hockey is known as an essential part of the Canadian childhood experience, but nowadays, it’s becoming less common. Why? The money. With tuition fees soaring, more and more parents are deciding to invest in their children’s education instead of getting them involved with extracurricular activities like hockey.
Beyond The Blue Line survey results:
- 57% of parents believe that Canadian children should have the chance to learn hockey, even though it’s expensive, since it’s a part of growing up in Canada. Just last year, that number was 66%.
- 66% of parents are, or know of someone who are using retirement savings or taking out loans to put their kids into extracurricular activities like hockey.
- 33% of parents say they know someone or they personally regret spending money on their children’s extracurricular activities instead of putting the money into their education.
- 46% of parents are planning to, and know of others who are taking their children out of extracurricular activities like hockey because of cost. It’s recently been found that hockey enrollment has been declining, the primary reason being cost.
What do you think is more important? Saving early on education or helping them grow with extracurriculars?
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