Dictionary, Census of Population, 2016
Child care expenses paid
All payments made over the reference period for non-parental child care arrangements which allowed the responsible person(s) to earn employment income. Included in these expenses are babysitters, daycares, day camps, live-in caregivers or any arrangement in which money was exchanged for child care services. Excluded are child care payments made for purposes unrelated to earning employment income, such as entertainment or personal needs.
For the 2016 Census, the reference period is the calendar year 2015 for this variable.
2016 (25% sample), 2011Note 1 (30% sample).
Population aged 15 years and over in private households
Direct variable: Question 48
Positive dollar value or nil
Introduced in the 2011 NHS, child care expenses paid were collected to help compute the deductions required from after-tax income to obtain disposable income for the MBM.
These amounts differ slightly from the related income tax deduction: the value is not capped based on the age of the children, any family member could report them.
For additional information about data collection method, coverage, reference period, concepts, data quality and intercensal comparability of the data, refer to the Income Reference Guide, Census of Population, 2016.
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