Could it be because of the economic slump affecting the province? It’s hard to pinpoint the reasons why, but both the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary are among the schools with the highest concentrations of sugar babies in the country.
Sugar babies are primarily young people who seek relationships with wealthier (and often older) partners who provide them with a monthly allowance. Seeking Arrangement, a website designed to connect people who are looking for sugar daddies or babies, ranked U of A number 13 on a list of 20 schools. U of C came in at number 19.
The website claims over 150,000 Canadian students are on there seeking sugar daddies to offset school costs. The average sugar baby is 26 years old and receives $2,600 in monthly allowances from their sugar daddies, according to Seeking Arrangement, and Sugar baby signups have increased by 21% in Canada.
“Canada’s low income households are becoming more indebted, forcing many students to take out loans they might never be able to repay,” says Brandon Wade, Founder and CEO of Seeking Arrangement in a statement.
“About a quarter of University Sugar Babies are from low income families. With a Sugar Daddy, they are actually helping to close the wealth gap and afford an education.”
Beyond that, Wade has some choice words for Canada’s government.
“Some see this as a controversial solution. However, SeekingArrangement.com has helped facilitate hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of arrangements that have helped students graduate debt-free,” he says. “That’s more than anyone can say of the Government of Canada.”