December 14, 2015

First Annual Estimate of Urban Households in Core Housing Need Based on Statistics Canada’s New Canadian Income Survey

In the 2012 base year, Statistics Canada replaced the Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics (SLID) with the Canadian Income Survey.

According to estimates of urban core housing need based on data from the Canadian Income Survey, 1.4 million urban households, or 13.5% of all Canadian households living in urban areas, were in core housing need in 2013. This proportion is virtually the same as in 2012, considering the statistical accuracy of the estimate based on this survey.

In 2012 and 2013, Ontario remained the province with the highest proportion of urban households in core housing need. In 2013, about half of urban households in core housing need, that is, 739,197 households, were living in Ontario.

Ontario and British Columbia were the only two provinces whose proportion of urban households in core housing need was higher than the national average in 2013. New Brunswick and Alberta, for their part, were the provinces with the smallest percentage of urban households in core housing need in 2013.

In 2013, 13.5% of Canadian Households Living in Urban Areas Were in Core Housing Need

In 2013, 13.5% of Canadian Households living in urban areas were in core housing need
  2011 2012 2013
Canada 12.8% 13.2% 13.5%
Ontario 14.0% 16.6% 16.6%
British Columbia 15.7% 16.2% 16.1%
Prince Edward Island 9.0% 9.9% 12.9%
Nova Scotia 12.8% 14.1% 12.5%
Manitoba 10.0% 10.4% 11.8%
Saskatchewan 12.0% 12.5% 11.6%
Newfoundland and Labrador 12.0% 12.5% 10.3%
Québec 11.3% 8.9% 9.8%
Alberta 10.4% 7.8% 8.9%
New Brunswick 9.8% 8.7% 8.4%

Source: CMHC (housing indicators and data based on the 2012 and 2013 Canadian Income Survey and the 2011 National Household Survey)

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