Debt Canada

Student Debt Is Canada's Debt

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 04.16.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

This month, Canadian students finish exams and begin hunting for summer jobs. A student working the counter at Taco Bell for minimum wage would have to work eight hours a day, seven days week, for almost the entire summer to cover tuition, never mind the cost of specialized or technical degrees. Students have a responsibility to work and pay for at least some of their education. Also a responsibility, when choosing their college or university program, to think about whether they are choosing a field of study where there is a real demand for jobs.

IMF Warns Canada On Housing, Debt

CP | Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - The International Monetary Fund has again upgraded its projection for Canada's economy, but the latest outlook from the international financi...

Why One in Six Canadians Will Eventually Go Bankrupt

Douglas Hoyes | Posted 03.15.2014 | Canada
Douglas Hoyes

With low interest rates our average debt service ratio is at record lows. In 1990 Canadians used over 11 per cent of their disposable income to pay interest on their debt; today we only need 7 per cent of our income to pay interest. All is good. Or is it?

Duped Into High-Interest Loans

CBC | Posted 03.11.2014 | Canada Business

Several dozen Canadians who have high interest car loans from TD have contacted Go Public, claiming they were deceived by dealers into believing the ...

Is Debt the New Addiction?

Tim Paziuk | Posted 02.18.2014 | Canada Business
Tim Paziuk

Have we become a society addicted to debt? Based on some recent surveys, I would have to conclude that the answer is yes. Debt has become an acceptable fact of life in our society. Can you live without borrowed money? If not, you may be living on borrowed time.

More Debt? No Problem

CP | Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Business

TORONTO - Canadians are carrying more debt now than a year ago, but it seems like many have a better handle on paying it back, says a newly-released s...

Sunny Freeman

Bad News And More Bad News About Canadians' Debt

HuffingtonPost.com | Sunny Freeman | Posted 10.29.2013 | Canada Business

Canadians’ debt loads have grown 21 per cent in the past year, and more consumers are running into the red, according to Royal Bank’s debt poll. ...

Should Our Debt Be Treated Like Our Productivity Gap?

Doug O. Jones | Posted 11.24.2013 | Canada Business
Doug O. Jones

The financial press in Canada has been identifying our deficient economic productivity for several years now. In 2012, the Financial Post ran a column entitled "Canada's productivity gap is looking worse than ever. There may be opportunities to influence our growing debt problems in the country through programs comparable to those used to stimulate our economy's productivity. If tax credits and other incentive programs can be formulated to help stimulate our productivity gap, are there similar policies that could find ways to help those looking to start their own business, create jobs and directly impact the economy and productivity?

Is Going to University a Waste of Money?

Douglas Hoyes | Posted 11.15.2013 | Canada Business
Douglas Hoyes

Is college or university a waste of money? For some people it is, for others it is a great investment. The point is that you should crunch the numbers and carefully consider your decision up front, so many years from now you are not looking back wondering how you will ever pay off that massive student loan.

$27,131 In Debt -- And That's Not Including Mortgages

CP | Posted 08.28.2013 | Canada Business

TORONTO — The average Canadian had $27,131 of consumer debt in the second quarter, a new study suggests. That's $910 higher compared to the same ...

Canadians' Debt Burden Spikes

CP | Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.26.2013 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Canadian households have returned to their free-spending ways and seniors have joined the party lately by borrowing to finance their post-ret...

This Many Canadians Expect To Be In Debt Til DEATH

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 08.07.2013 | Canada Business

For some, freedom from debt is a very far-fetched concept. Fourteen per cent of Canadians said they don't think they will ever get rid of their de...

Bank Of Canada's New Governor Is No Mark Carney

Daniel Tencer | Posted 08.19.2013 | Canada Business
Daniel Tencer

Canada's new top central banker is no Mark Carney. That became clear on Wednesday, when Stephen Poloz, lauded the Canadian consumer for carrying the country through the global economic crisis of recent years. His comments so far suggest he isn't too worried about Canada's burgeoning consumer debt burden -- and that's a problem.

Half Empty Or Half Full?

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.05.2013 | Canada Business

TORONTO - A new Harris/Decima poll conducted for CIBC says half of the respondents had been able to reduce their debt level over the past 12 months.It...

How Your Going Broke Could Break Canada

Doug O. Jones | Posted 04.24.2013 | Canada Business
Doug O. Jones

In a country that prides itself on its social safety net, one could argue that the current personal debt story is really a story of an endangered future for the things we hold dear as a society. Will debt-ridden Canadians be supportive at election time of paying more in taxes to maintain universal health care?

This Age Group Is Piling On Debt The Fastest

CBC | Posted 04.15.2013 | Canada Business

Many seniors were busy racking up thousands of dollars in new debt in 2012, even as younger Canadians were able to keep new borrowing to a minimum, ac...

Canadians' Debt Grows At Breakneck Speed

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.07.2013 | Canada Business

TORONTO - A new report says the level of Canadian consumer debt at the end of 2012 — not counting mortgages — was up nearly six per cent from a ye...

Forget Retirement, Canadians Just Trying To Pay Off Debt

CP | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business

TORONTO -- Canadians appear less concerned about retirement planning than in years past as they continue to focus on debt reduction as their main fina...

Be Honest, Do You Use Princess Math?

Deborah Nixon | Posted 01.28.2013 | Canada Business
Deborah Nixon

What is princess math? Your favourite department store is having a half price sale. The gift was originally $200 but you are saving $100. Princess math says -- I was going to spend $200 anyway so now I can buy that purse. The reality is, though, most women aren't flush with money. The problem is that deep down, we know our actions have consequences.

Bleak New Heights For Canada's Debt

CBC | Posted 01.23.2013 | Canada Politics

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation says the federal debt will pass a milestone Saturday, and used that to call for the Harper government to begin spend...

Which Provinces Are In The Most Financial Trouble?

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 10.16.2012 | Canada Business

Canada’s provinces are in long-term fiscal trouble. That was the conclusion of a recent report from federal Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin P...

Consumer Debt Could Tip Canada Into Recession: Report

CP | Sunny Freeman, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.06.2012 | Canada Business

TORONTO - There is more than a 20 per cent risk of Canada falling into a second recession — and though much of that risk comes from outside our bord...

Rachel Mendleson

Canada's Housing Bubble To Burst In A Big Way?

HuffingtonPost.com | Rachel Mendleson | Posted 08.24.2012 | Canada Business

As debate about the stability of the Canadian housing market continues to swirl, a new report has come down firmly on the side of the bubble believers...

Half Of Canadians Couldn't Handle Rate Hike: Report

CP | Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.16.2012 | Canada Business

TORONTO - Canadians who are worried about the amount of interest they pay for borrowing money could be relieved to hear the central bank decided Tuesd...

Canadians's Financial Security Built On House Of Cards: BoC

CP | Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.24.2012 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Canadians are becoming increasingly vulnerable to a housing correction, exposing them to a perfect storm of high debt and falling assets, the...