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Changing Patterns in Canadian Homeownership and Shelter Costs, 2006 Census: Housing tenure

For the first time, more than half of lone-mother households owned their home

For the first time, more than one-half of lone-parent households headed by women owned their home in 2006, according to the census. Over 80% of lone-parent households are headed by women.

In 2001, about 47.8% of lone-mother households owned their home; by 2006, this had increased to 52.5%. This increase was double the overall increase.

The homeownership rate for lone fathers increased, but at a slower pace. Nearly two-thirds (64.9%) of these households owned their home, well above the proportion for lone-mother households.

During the five-year period, the incomes of lone-mother households increased at a faster pace than those of lone-father households, but still remained behind their male counterparts. Lone-mother households reported a median income of $38,347 in 2005, up 19.3% from 2000. In comparison, the median household income of lone-father households increased 16.9%, to $54,431.1

Table 3
Homeownership rates for lone-parent households, Canada, 2001 and 2006

Note:

  1. These dollar values are expressed in current dollars. Between 2001 and 2006, the Consumer Price Index increased by 11.3%.

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