A Third Of Canadians Taking On Debt To Cope With Inflation: Survey

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Inflation is pushing a growing number of Canadians into debt.

That’s the conclusion of a new survey by market research firm Finder.com. In a survey of 1,013
Canadians, 36% said their top reason for taking out a loan is to cover bills related to a mortgage
or food purchases.

Other reasons for taking out a loan include debt consolidation (24%), and to cover bills and
living expenses due to a job loss (19%).

The survey also found that Generation Z Canadians (people aged 25 and younger) are being hit
hard by higher living costs, with 26% reporting that they’re being significantly impacted by higher
consumer prices.

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The results of the survey come after Statistics Canada reported that inflation rose 7.6% in July
from a year ago.

During July, the price of food increased by 9.9%, while the mortgage interest cost index grew
1.7%, its first increase since 2020 as interest rates rise.