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November 2006
Vol. 7, no. 11

Perspectives on Labour and Income

Balancing career and care
Wendy Pyper

Just as the responsibility of raising children is lifting, many families are facing a new challengeproviding care to aging parents, relatives or friends. The intensity of work and eldercare can affect the worklife balance of the caregiver. An examination of the prevalence and impact of caregiving among those aged 45 to 64, looking at the hours spent on both paid work and informal care of seniors.

Measuring housing affordability
Jacqueline Luffman

A households ability to afford housing has traditionally been measured using income information derived from the census. A household spending 30% or more of its income on shelter was considered to have a shelter-cost burden. The Survey of Household Spending provides an alternative denominator based on total household spending.

Erratum: Table A in "Converging gender roles" in our July 2006 online edition double counted families. The corrected table has been inserted in the HTML and PDF versions of the article..

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