Refers to the nature of the occupancy of a household in a private dwelling at the time of the survey. It does not refer to the tenure of the land on which the dwelling is situated. Tenure refers to the occupancy a household has in a private dwelling. It does not refer to the tenure of the land on which the dwelling is situated. The dwelling can be classified in two ways:
- Owned or partly owned: dwellings that are held (or not held) in a family trust, regardless of whether mortgage payments are made or not made for the dwelling.
- Dwelling not owned: dwellings where the household does not own the dwelling, and either pays rent or lives there rent-free.
- A private dwelling accommodates a person or a group of people. It is not generally available for public use. The main purpose of a private dwelling is as a place of habitation, and it is usually built (or converted) to function as a self-contained housing unit.
- A non-private dwelling provides short- or long-term communal or transitory type accommodation. Non-private dwellings are generally available to the public through employment, study, special need, legal requirement, or recreation.