HomEquity Bank Releases Debt and Homeownership Study Focusing on Canadian Seniors

Using data sourced from Equifax Canada Co., study outlines pressing need for national dialogue about the financial health of Canadians over the age of 65

TORONTO, May 15, 2017 /CNW/ - HomEquity Bank, provider of the CHIP Reverse Mortgage™, today published the findings of its proprietary research study "The Home Stretch: A Review of Debt and Home Ownership Among Canadian Seniors."

The results of the national study outline increasingly troubling trends: as Canada's population ages, the ability to retain and maintain a home is progressively compromised by record household debt levels, modest long-term savings, the decline of defined-benefit pensions and extended life expectancies.

The data indicates that 91 per cent of Canadians over the age of 65 say that staying in their home is important while, at the same time, only 78 per cent have any savings and investments with 40 per cent of those having less than $100,000 set aside.

Other relevant statistics from the study include:

  • 77 per cent say the Canada Pension Plan is their primary expected source of income
  • 73 per cent will rely on Old Age Security
  • 57 per cent have RRSPs to draw upon
  • 48 per cent have a work pension
  • 48 per cent have savings

The data also shows that 15 per cent of Canadian seniors have a mortgage (compared with 34 per cent of non-seniors) and 17 per cent have car loans (compared with 34 per cent of non-seniors). But when it comes to unsecured lines of credit (LOC) that gap narrows: 30 per cent of seniors carry this form of debt compared with 33 per cent of non-seniors, and 10 per cent of Canadian seniors have a home equity line of credit (HELOC) compared with 9 per cent of non-seniors.

"HomEquity Bank has long called for an honest, national conversation regarding the financial health of Canadian seniors. This study further solidifies that need," said Steven Ranson, president and CEO of HomEquity Bank. "But it's not all doom and gloom. Canadians are privileged to be living in a country of relatively strong and stable fiscal health. We must use this type of data as a foundation for launching an informed, national conversation with Canadian seniors. We can't rely on a status quo approach. Collectively, we will have to think about finances, home ownership and debt in new, strategic ways to ensure seniors can plan for a stable, worry-free retirement."

About HomEquity Bank

HomEquity Bank, a federally-regulated, Schedule 1 Canadian bank, is the only national provider helping Canadian homeowners aged 55+ access the value of the equity they have in their homes, maintaining ownership of their home, until they make the decision to sell. 

HomEquity Bank has partnered with the Canadian Association of Retired Persons (CARP) Canada's largest non-profit, non-partisan advocacy association for Canadians As We Age. CARP now recommends HomEquity Bank's CHIP Reverse Mortgage™ as a smart and comprehensive solution for Canadians planning for retirement.

HomEquity Bank has ranked on the Canadian Business and PROFIT's 28th annual PROFIT 500 list, the definitive ranking of Canada's Fastest-Growing Companies.

HomEquity has also been recognized as an Aon Best Employer – Canada 2017.

SOURCE HomEquity Bank

For further information: Media contact: Yvonne Ziomecki, yziomecki@homequitybank.ca

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