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Changing Patterns in Canadian Homeownership and Shelter Costs, 2006 Census: Comparing shelter costs to income

Half of renters living alone spent 30% or more of their income on shelter

In 2006, just over one-half (51.6%) of one-person households who rented their accommodation spent 30% or more of their income on shelter, up slightly from 50.1% five years earlier.

In contrast, among people living alone who owned their accommodation, only 31.0% spent 30% or more of their income on shelter, up from 28.9%.

Women living alone who rented had the highest percentage spending 30% or more of their income on shelter, but male renters had the largest percentage point increase during the five years between censuses.

Among people living alone who owned their accommodation, there was little difference between men and women. The percentage point increases between 2001 and 2006 were similar.

Table 8
Percentage of one-person owner and renter households spending 30% or more of their income on shelter, Canada, 2001 and 2006

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