The state of Canadians’ finances will be under the spotlight as Financial Literacy Month begins Thursday and it appears there’s work to do.
A lack of confidence in financial goals, planning, and coping with emergency expenses has been highlighted in a new Leger poll for the Financial Planning Standards Council.
It found that 1 in 3 Canadians would fail a bank account stress test; they doubt if they would have the funds to cope with an emergency vet bill, car repair, or other unexpected expense.
Almost a third said that they are not confident in achieving their financial life goals. This was most apparent in the Prairies (36%) and less so in Ontario (24%).
One-in-four (25%) Canadians take advantage of an employer RRSP savings matching program but 64% do not have access to such a program.
A third of respondents rarely have or never set aside savings at the end of the month and 62% rarely or never maximize their RRSP contribution each month based on eligible amounts.
Why they aren’t getting professional help
Despite these findings 65% said they have not consulted with a financial planning professional.
More than a fifth said that’s because they don’t know who to trust, and similar shares said they found it overwhelming, or were embarrassed by their financial situation.
The FPSC Cross-Country Checkup, a Leger poll of 1,527 Canadians, was conducted in advance of Financial Literacy Month and in particular Canada’s 10th annual Financial Planning Week (taking place between November 18-24).
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