Dictionary, Census of Population, 2016
Household maintainer

Release date: May 3, 2017

Definition

Refers to whether or not a person residing in the household is responsible for paying the rent, or the mortgage, or the taxes, or the electricity or other services or utilities. Where a number of people may contribute to the payments, more than one person in the household may be identified as a household maintainer. If no person in the household is identified as making such payments, the reference person is identified by default.

Statistical unit(s)

Person

Classification(s)

Not applicable

Reported in

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

Reported for

Population in private households

Question number(s)

Derived variable: Question F1

Responses

Person is not a household maintainer; Person is a household maintainer

Remarks

Up to five household maintainers can be identified. In order for a person identified as being responsible for the household payments to be considered as a household maintainer, that person must be 15 years of age or older and be related to Person 1 in terms other than as an employee (or as an employee's census family).

See also the primary household maintainer definition.

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