MNP Consumer Debt Index


Canadians Wary and Embarrassed About Seeking Debt Relief

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A high debt index score is a result of Canadians feeling positive towards their personal finances, as well as confident in their ability to cope with unexpected financial situations. A low index score describes the opposite – negative feelings and low confidence.

Canadians who find themselves in serious financial trouble could be digging themselves into a deeper hole by not seeking help when they need it. A new survey conducted by Ipsos on behalf of MNP LTD, shows almost half of Canadians (46%) say they would be embarrassed to get help if their financial situation was bad enough to consider bankruptcy. One-third (31%) of survey respondents say the stigma surrounding bankruptcy prevents them from seeking help.

More than 60 percent (61%) of Canadians who rate their personal debt situation as bad and more than half (54%) who are financially insolvent say they would be embarrassed to ask for help if their financial situation was serious enough to consider bankruptcy.


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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.

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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 www.MNPdebt.ca/CDI to learn more.

The latest data, representing the ninth wave of the MNP Consumer Debt Index, was compiled by Ipsos on behalf of MNP LTD between June 14 and June 17, 2019. For this survey, a sample of 2,111 Canadians aged 18 years and over was interviewed. The precision of Ipsos online polls is measured using a credibility interval. In this case, the poll is accurate to within ±2.4 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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MNP LTD, a division of MNP LLP, is the largest insolvency practice in Canada. For more than 50 years, our experienced team of Licensed Insolvency Trustees and advisors have been working with individuals to help them recover from times of financial distress and regain control of their finances. With more than 230 Canadian offices from coast-to-coast, MNP helps thousands of Canadians each year who are struggling with an overwhelming amount of debt. Visit www.MNPdebt.ca to contact a Licensed Insolvency Trustee or get a free checkup for your debt health using the MNP Debt Scale.

Grant Bazian is a Licenced Insolvency Trustees, President of MNP Ltd. To learn more about how MNP Debt can help you, contact Grant at 778.374.2108 or [email protected]


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