Primary household maintainer

Part A - Short definition:

First person in the household identified as someone who pays the rent or the mortgage, or the taxes, or the electricity bill, and so on, for the dwelling.

Part B - Detailed definition:

The first person in the household identified as being a household maintainer.

The order of the persons in a household is determined by the order in which the respondent lists the persons on the questionnaire. Generally, an adult is listed first followed, if applicable, by that person's spouse or common-law partner and by their children. The order does not necessarily correspond to the proportion of household payments made by the person.

Reported in:


Reported for:

Private dwellings occupied by usual residents

Question number(s):

Derived variable: Question E1


Person is not a primary maintainer; Person is a primary maintainer


Not applicable

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