Core Housing Need

  • A household is said to be in core housing need if its housing falls below at least one of the adequacy, affordability or suitability, standards and it would have to spend 30% or more of its total before-tax income to pay the median rent of alternative local housing that is acceptable (meets all three housing standards).
  • Over the past ten years, the percentage of households in Saskatoon that are in core housing need has increased.
  • As rents continue to rise faster than incomes, this trend does not appear to be reversing in Saskatoon.
Table 1.4 Households in Core Housing Need (1991-2011)
Number of Households in Core Housing Need Incidence of Core Housing Need (%) GNR
1991 1996 2001 2006 2011 1991 1996 2001 2006 2011 2011
Saskatchewan 45,410 39,685 37,160 40,835 47,350 14.9 12.6 11.5 11.8 13.2 29.3
Saskatoon 13,275 10,645 8,985 8,515 12,295 17.7 13.4 10.7 9.3 12.4 24.4
The Global Non-response Rate (GNR) is included for each geography. Statistics Canada uses the GNR as an indicator of data quality.

Source: CMHC (Census-based and NHS-based housing indicators and data)