What Hangs on Bedrooms?
The Conservatives apparently think that it is deeply intrusive for the state to count your bedrooms through the mandatory long form census.
“Asked to explain why this matters to the core Conservative constituency, one senior Tory strategist said, on background: â€œItâ€™s all about the nanny state. Why is it mandatory to tell the government how many bedrooms are in your house?â€ http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/tories-refuse-to-reverse-census-decision/article1641394/
Actually, there is a pretty good reason.Â Housing is a key aspect of well being and, as noted on the Human Resources and Skills Development web site “Housing that is too costly, in need of repair, or overcrowded can be aÂ large drain on the resources and health of its occupants.”Â While having multiple bedrooms may be a lifestyle choice for the affluent,Â many Canadians (especially Aboriginal Canadians and larger low income families with children) can’t afford suitable housing as defined by the number of bedrooms.
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation uses Census data to determine how many households are in core housing need. One of the criiteria is that hosuing should meet the National Occupancy Standard defined as follows:
Suitable housing has enough bedrooms for the size and make-up of resident households, according to National Occupancy Standard (NOS) requirements. Enough bedrooms based on NOS requirements means one bedroom for:
â— each cohabiting adult couple;
â— unattached household member 18 years of age and over;
â— same-sex pair of children under age 18;
â— and additional boy or girl in the family, unless there are two opposite sex children under 5 years of age, in which case they are expected to share a bedroom.
A household of one individual can occupy a bachelor unit (i.e. a unit with no bedroom).
Based on the last Census, 12.7% of Canadian households haveÂ an unmet core housing need. Do “senior Tory strategists” care?Â I doubt it.