Household maintainer status of person

Status: This standard was approved as a departmental standard on July 15, 1998.


Household maintainer status 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 may be so identified by default. The variable has utility in identifying economic dependencies in multi-generational households. For example, where related adults and seniors are living in the same household, the variable helps determine whether the seniors are living in the adults' household or the adults are living in the seniors' household.

Person refers to an individual and is the unit of analysis for most social statistics programs.

Conformity to relevant internationally recognized standards

There are no relevant internationally recognized standards.


Relation to previous version

  • Household maintainer status of person July 15, 1998 to current

    This is the current standard.

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