Dictionary, Census of Population, 2016
Dwelling condition

Release date: May 3, 2017


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

Statistical unit(s)

Private dwelling


Dwelling condition

Reported in

2016 (25% sample); 2011Note 1 (30% sample); 2006, 2001, 1996, 1991, 1986, 1981 and 1961Note 2 (20% sample).

Reported for

Private dwellings occupied by usual residents

Question number(s)

Direct variable: Question F6


Regular maintenance needed; Minor repairs needed; Major repairs needed


The 'regular maintenance needed' category includes dwellings where only regular maintenance such as painting or furnace cleaning is required.

The 'minor repairs needed' category includes dwellings needing only minor repairs such as dwellings with missing or loose floor tiles, bricks or shingles or defective steps, railing or siding.

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

Prior to 2016, 'dwelling condition' was referred to as 'condition of dwelling.'


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