The Housing Careers of Older Canadians: An Investigation Using Cycle 16 of the General Social Survey


  • Michael Haan University of Alberta
  • Thomas Perks University of Lethbridge



In this paper we use the Aging and Social Support Survey (GSS16) and the theoretical conception of a ‘housing career’ to identify the correlates of housing tenure (rent vs. own) among Canadians age 45 and over. We draw on primarily US literature to isolate three general explanatory clusters (social support, health, and economic characteristics). Based on analyses using logistic regression, the results indicate that the majority of variation in housing tenure exists due to standard demographic and household characteristics. In fact, of the three focal explanatory clusters, only social support characteristics significantly enhance model fit beyond the baseline model, suggesting that the housing tenure of older Canadians hinges heavily on fairly standard characteristics.