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Consumer Debt and Financial Literacy Statistics for Canadian Households
Canadians now owe $1.83 for every $1 they have to spend in disposable income. The amount of credit in use increased by 7.9% to a total of $2.29 trillion among 27.9 million Canadian consumers.
The average Canadian consumer now owes about $21,188 in non-mortgage debt. Non-mortgage debt had decreased during the pandemic; however, this stat marks a return to pre-pandemic debt levels.
Inflation was a major news story in 2022 and peaked to a 40-year high, 8.1%. By the end of 2022, the price of consumer goods and services rose by 6.8% while worker wages only rose by 5.1%. This means the money in Canadian pockets lost purchasing power.
Only two-thirds (66%) of Canadian households are spending less than or equal to their monthly income. Compared to 78% in 2020, it is clear that more households are struggling to make ends meet.
63% of Canadians say that their financial behaviours from years past have negatively impacted their current financial confidence. In the past, they wished they had avoided overspending and credit card debt, invested at a younger age, and asked more financial questions.
50% of Canadian households who reported an increase in their debt said it was because of COVID-19.
Nearly half of Canadians are only $200 or less away from not being able to meet their monthly financial obligations.
58% of Canadians said their level of stress increased over the past 12 months while over one-third (38%) believe finances control their life.
Less than half of Canadians describe themselves as financially knowledgeable.
84% of employees are interested in their workplace offering financial education programs.
About 25% of Canadians now work either exclusively or partially from home compared to just 7.5% in 2016. Hybrid work arrangements have steadily increased since the beginning of 2022.
Study shows that nearly half of all financially stressed employees admit to spending at least 3 hours per week on their financial issues at work.
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