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Core Housing Need
Shelter cost-to-income ratio [109]
Percentage of households that require major repair [98]
Percentage of household living in overcrowded housing [109]
Huron 20.1% 6.8% 3.1%
Perth 19.3% 6.6% 4.0%

Data Sources

Statistics Canada Census, 2011


98. Condition of dwelling - Refers to whether the dwelling is in need of repairs. This does not include desirable remodelling or additions.(percentage of households paying more than 30% of income on housing)

109. Shelter-cost-to-income ratio - Percentage of a household's average total monthly income which is spent on shelter-related expenses. Those expenses include the monthly rent (for tenants) or the mortgage payment, property taxes and condominium fees (for owners) and the costs of electricity, heat, municipal services, etc. The percentage is calculated by dividing the total shelter-related expenses by the household's total monthly income and multiplying the result by 100. Includes owner and tenant households in non-farm, non-reserve private dwellings with household total income greater than zero in 2010 (i.e., excludes negative or zero household total income). The relatively high shelter costs to household income ratios for some households may have resulted from the difference in the reference period for shelter costs and household total income data. The reference period for shelter cost data is 2011, while household total income is reported for the year 2010. As well, for some households, the 2010 household total income may represent income for only part of a year. Household total income - The total income of a household is the sum of the total incomes of all members of that household. Total income refers to the total of income from all sources, including employment income, income from government programs, pension income, investment income and any other money income, before income taxes and deductions, during the calendar year 2010.

Measurement and limitations

This indicator describes some of the housings costs owners and renters have in our communities. Some of the information tells us whether people in our communities are at greater risk of homelessness or poor health. Households that spend greater than 30% of their income on housing are considered to be at greater risk of homelessness. Households that need major repair or are overcrowded may also indicate greater risk for homelessness. People may have worse health if they live in homes that are overcrowded or in need of major repair. Also, when people spend greater than 30% of their income on housing it may affect their health because they have less to spend on food, physical activity, medicine, and transportation.

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