Dictionary, Census of Population, 2016
Child care expenses paid

Release date: May 3, 2017 Updated on: September 13, 2017


All payments made over the reference period for non-parental child care arrangements which allowed the responsible person(s) to earn employment income. Included in these expenses are babysitters, daycares, day camps, live-in caregivers or any arrangement in which money was exchanged for child care services. Excluded are child care payments made for purposes unrelated to earning employment income, such as entertainment or personal needs.

For the 2016 Census, the reference period is the calendar year 2015 for this variable.

Statistical unit(s)



Not applicable

Reported in

2016 (25% sample), 2011Note 1 (30% sample).

Reported for

Population aged 15 years and over in private households

Question number(s)

Direct variable: Question 48


Positive dollar value or nil


Introduced in the 2011 NHS, child care expenses paid were collected to help compute the deductions required from after-tax income to obtain disposable income for the MBM.

These amounts differ slightly from the related income tax deduction: the value is not capped based on the age of the children, any family member could report them.

For additional information about data collection method, coverage, reference period, concepts, data quality and intercensal comparability of the data, refer to the Income Reference Guide, Census of Population, 2016.


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