Out of a score of one hundred, Canadians get a grade of 69.3 when it comes to their overall financial situations, finds BMO Wealth Management’s national wealth index.

The index provides a snapshot of people’s finances by looking at whether they have:

  • financial plans that they review;
  • household debts and assets;
  • rainy day and retirement savings;
  • insurance;
  • estate plans that they review; and
  • sustainable financial situations.

With a score of 72.9, residents of Saskatchewan came out on top. Next up were residents of Quebec (71.1), Alberta (70.6), and Newfoundland and Labrador (70.4).

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On a national scale, respondents scored highest when asked whether they have financial strategies (81%) and life insurance plans in place (66%). In contrast, they scored the lowest when asked about the following:

  • The effectiveness of their financial plans. More than two-thirds (67%) haven’t used a professional to draft their plans.
  • Whether they’ve prioritized retirement savings. More than half (65%) don’t consider this a top priority.
  • Whether they’ve purchased critical illness and/or disability insurance. Only 35% and 39%, respectively, have adequate coverage.

Still, most respondents say they’re prepared to deal with life changes such as getting married and having children. More than half (62%) say they’d be financially prepared, while 31% say they’re ill prepared or not ready at all.

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Provincial Breakdown of results

Province Index Score
National 69.3
Saskatchewan 72.9
Quebec 71.1
Alberta 70.6
Newfoundland & Labrador 70.4
Nova Scotia 70.0
Ontario 69.2
Manitoba 68.4
PEI 66.7
B.C. 66.3
New Brunswick 58.9

NOTE: Survey results cited in this report are from online interviews with a random sample of 1,403 Canadians, 18 years of age and over, conducted between April 10th and 13th, 2015. As a guideline, a probability sample of this size would yield results accurate to ± 2.6%, 19 times out of 20.  Results have been weighted using the latest census data to be representative of Canadians as a whole.


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