Data tables, 2016 Census

Family Characteristics of Seniors (8), Housing Indicators (5), Age of Seniors (7), Tenure Including Presence of Mortgage Payments and Subsidized Housing (7), Condominium Status (3), Value (Owner-estimated) of Dwelling (4) and Number of Bedrooms (6) for the Population Aged 65 Years and Over in Owner and Tenant Households With Household Total Income Greater Than Zero in Non-farm, Non-reserve Private Dwellings of Canada, Provinces and Territories, Census Metropolitan Areas and Census Agglomerations, 2016 Census - 25% Sample Data

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This table details family characteristics of seniors , housing indicators , age of seniors , tenure including presence of mortgage payments and subsidized housing , condominium status , value of dwelling and number of bedrooms for the population aged 65 years and over in owner and tenant households with household total income greater than zero in non-farm, non-reserve private dwellings in British Columbia / Colombie-Britannique
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Family characteristics of seniors (8) Housing indicators (5)
Total - Housing indicatorsFootnote 2 Adequacy: major repairs needed Suitability: not suitable Affordability: 30% or more of household income is spent on shelter costs Adequacy, suitability or affordability: major repairs needed, or not suitable, or 30% or more of household income is spent on shelter costsFootnote 3
Total - Family characteristics of seniors (restricted to persons aged 65 and over) 770,045 33,655 22,940 144,790 187,350
Seniors living alone (one-person households) 191,350 10,270 0 68,120 74,170
Seniors living in private households of two or more persons 578,695 23,390 22,940 76,675 113,175
Living in a couple (married spouses or common-law partners)Footnote 4 489,205 16,935 10,405 59,815 81,985
Without a son or daughter present 429,540 13,970 6,480 52,175 68,760
With a son or daughter presentFootnote 5 59,665 2,965 3,925 7,640 13,220
Not living in a couple, with a son or daughter presentFootnote 6 32,330 2,750 3,860 6,560 11,370
Living with other relatives or with non-relatives only 57,160 3,700 8,675 10,295 19,820


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not applicable


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Footnote 1

Tenure - Refers to whether the household owns or rents their private dwelling. The private dwelling may be situated on rented or leased land or be part of a condominium. A household is considered to own their dwelling if some member of the household owns the dwelling even if it is not fully paid for, for example if there is a mortgage or some other claim on it. A household is considered to rent their dwelling if no member of the household owns the dwelling. A household is considered to rent that dwelling even if the dwelling is provided without cash rent or at a reduced rent, or if the dwelling is part of a cooperative.

Presence of mortgage payments- Refers to whether an owner household makes regular mortgage or loan payments for their dwelling.

Subsidized housing - Refers to whether a renter household lives in a dwelling that is subsidized.

Subsidized housing includes rent geared to income, social housing, public housing, government-assisted housing, non-profit housing, rent supplements and housing allowances.

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Footnote 2

Adequacy, suitability and affordability are the three housing indicators presented here. The indicator for housing adequacy is the dwelling condition. The indicator for housing suitability (a topic often referred to as crowding) is whether the dwelling has enough bedrooms for the size and composition of the household. The indicator of housing affordability is the proportion of household total income that is spent on shelter costs, also referred to as shelter-cost-to-income ratio.

'Dwelling condition' refers to whether the dwelling is in need of repairs. This does not include desirable remodelling or additions.

The category 'major repairs needed' includes dwellings needing major repairs such as dwellings with defective plumbing or electrical wiring and dwellings needing structural repairs to walls, floors or ceilings.

'Housing suitability' refers to whether a private household is living in suitable accommodations according to the National Occupancy Standard (NOS); that is, whether the dwelling has enough bedrooms for the size and composition of the household. A household is deemed to be living in suitable accommodations if its dwelling has enough bedrooms, as calculated using the NOS.

Housing suitability and the National Occupancy Standard (NOS) on which it is based were developed by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) through consultations with provincial housing agencies.

The category 'not suitable' includes households where the required number of bedrooms based on the NOS exceeds the reported number of bedrooms in the dwelling.

'Shelter-cost-to-income ratio' refers to the proportion of average total income of household which is spent on shelter costs.

The category '30% or more of household income is spent on shelter costs' includes households who spend 30% or more of their average monthly total income on shelter costs.

For more information, refer to the Census Dictionary: Dwelling condition; Housing suitability; Shelter-cost-to-income ratio.

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Footnote 3

This category includes households who fall below at least one of the adequacy, suitability or affordability housing indicators.

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Footnote 4

Other relatives may be present in the household.

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Footnote 5

Includes seniors living with a step-son or a step-daughter.

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Footnote 6

Other relatives may be present in the household.

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Source: Statistics Canada, 2016 Census of Population, Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 98-400-X2016234.

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