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Canadian National Occupancy Standard

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termGlossary Item
Synonymous names:Help on this termCNOS
METeOR identifier:Help on this term386254
Registration status:Help on this termHousing assistance, Standard 19/12/2017
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The Canadian National Occupancy Standard (CNOS) assesses the bedroom requirements of a household based on the following criteria:

  • There should be no more than 2 persons per bedroom;
  • Children less than 5 years of age of different sexes may reasonably share a bedroom;
  • Children 5 years of age or older of opposite sex should have separate bedrooms;
  • Children less than 18 years of age and of the same sex may reasonably share a bedroom; and
  • Single household members 18 years or older should have a separate bedroom, as should parents or couples.
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Using this measure, households that require at least one additional bedroom are considered to experience some degree of overcrowding.

Collection and usage attributes

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The CNOS is sensitive to both household size and composition. As households pass through different life-cycle stages, their minimum housing requirements and actual utilisation of housing changes.

While having spare bedrooms indicates a capacity to accommodate more people in reasonable comfort, it does not necessarily mean that dwellings are not being fully utilised. Households may put these 'spare' rooms to various uses (e.g. study, office, gymnasium, craft or hobby room, children's play room, guest bedroom or store room). Some may provide each child with a separate bedroom regardless of their age or sex.

Source and reference attributes

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Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Relational attributes

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Supersedes Proxy occupancy standard Housing assistance, Superseded 19/12/2017

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State owned and managed Indigenous housing (SOMIH) DSS 2014-17 Housing assistance, Standard 30/08/2017

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