MNP Consumer Debt Index


Against the backdrop of a global pandemic, almost half of Canadians are concerned about their debt, a 10-point jump since December

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The global crisis surrounding COVID-19 has delivered an unprecedented financial shock to Canadians at a time when personal finances were are already a source of stress for many. The latest MNP Consumer Debt Index compiled by Ipsos earlier this month shows Canadians are more worried about their consumer debt than ever before. Almost half (46%) say that they are concerned about their current debt levels, a whopping 10-point jump from the previous wave in December and the highest percentage ever recorded since tracking began.

“Our results underscore how vulnerable Canadian households are to income interruption. Over the next few months we’ll likely see an unfolding of two crises: the global pandemic and the bursting of the Canadian consumer debt bubble,” says Grant Bazian, President at MNP LTD.


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Details behind MNP’s Consumer Debt Index, along with media coverage and our provincial and national news releases can be found below.

To view data from previous releases of the MNP Consumer Debt Index, visit our Historical Data page.



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About the MNP Consumer Debt Index

The MNP Consumer Debt Index measures Canadians’ attitudes toward their consumer debt and gauges their ability to pay their bills, endure unexpected expenses and absorb interest-rate fluctuations without approaching insolvency. Conducted by Ipsos and updated quarterly, the Index is an industry-leading barometer of financial pressure or relief among Canadians. Visit MNPdebt.ca/CDI to learn more.

The latest data, representing the twelfth wave of the MNP Consumer Debt Index, was compiled by Ipsos on behalf of MNP LTD between March 2 and March 5, 2020. For this survey, a sample of 2,000 Canadians aged 18 years and over was interviewed. Weighting was then employed to balance demographics to ensure that the sample's composition reflects that of the adult population according to Census data and to provide results intended to approximate the sample universe. The precision of Ipsos online polls is measured using a credibility interval. In this case, the poll is accurate to within ±2.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, had all Canadian adults been polled. The credibility interval will be wider among subsets of the population. All sample surveys and polls may be subject to other sources of error, including, but not limited to, coverage error and measurement error.


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