Canadians have been working hard in 2012 to reduce their debt levels. In fact, 26% have no personal debt, up from 22% in 2011, finds RBC.
Further, 51% say it’s more important to pay down debt than save or invest in the future, up from 49%.
“It’s encouraging the results show more Canadians have become debt-free over the past year and that those who still have debt want to do more to reduce it,” says Richard Goyder, vice president of personal lending, RBC.
Of those still carrying debt, 34% say it causes them anxiety. This is up from 32% in 2011. And only 40% are comfortable with their current situation, down from 45% in 2011.
Additional findings include:
- Canadians carry $13,141 in personal debt on average; Ontarians carry the most debt ($15,361) and Quebecers have the least ($10,171);
- Canadians are cancelling or delaying purchases, such as taking a vacation (26%) and buying a big-ticket item (19%);
- 76% feel they’re in better shape than friends and neighbours.
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