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Core Housing Need
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Huron 20.4% 6.3% 2% 2016
Huron 20.4% 6.3% 3% 2016
Perth 20.2% 5.7% 2.6% 2016
Perth 20.2% 5.7% 3.8% 2016
Huron 20.9% 6.3% 2% 2011
Huron 20.9% 6.3% 3% 2011
Perth 21.1% 5.7% 2.6% 2011
Perth 21.1% 5.7% 3.8% 2011


Data Sources

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

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

Measurement and limitations

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 befor-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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