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Huron 20.4 6.3 2 2016
Huron 22.2 6.8 3.1 2011
Perth 20.2 5.7 2.6 2016
Perth 25.5 6.6 4 2011



Only private, non-farm, non-reserve owner- or renter-households with incomes greater than zero are assessed for 'core housing need'.

Data Sources

Statistics Canada - National Household Survey (2011), Census (2016).

Measurement and Limitations

Every five years Statistics Canada carries out a census of the people of Canada. On May 10, 2016 a census was performed. All Canadian citizens and landed immigrants with a usual place of residence in Canada were counted. As well, non-permanent residents were counted. This includes: refugee claimants and their family living in Canada, as well as, permit holders (work or study permits) and members of their family living with them.

This indicator describes some of the housing costs owners and renters have in our communities. This information tells us whether people in our communities are at greater risk of homelessness or poor health.

There three aspects of core housing need: Affordability, Adequacy and Suitability. Households that spend greater than 30% of their before-tax income on housing do not have Affordable housing and are considered to be at greater risk of homelessness. Living in Unaffordable housing may affect their health because they have less to spend on food, physical activity, medicine, and transportation.  A family's house is Inadequate if it is in need major repair. A home is Unsuitable if it is overcrowded.  

Patterns and Trends

Whereas a small proportion of houses are Inadequate or Unsuitable, a substantial proportion of houses are Unaffordable for their occupants.

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