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Statistics Canada says key household debt ratio rose in the first quarter

Credit market debt totalled $2.33 trillion at the end of the quarter

June 12, 2020  Stacy Bradshaw

OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says a key measure of household debt rose in the first quarter as the COVID-19 pandemic began to take hold of the economy.

The agency says that household credit market debt as a proportion of household disposable income rose to 176.9% from 175.6%.

In other words, there was $1.77 in credit market debt for every dollar of household disposable income.

Statistics Canada added that annual trends show that lower income households tended to have a higher debt to disposable income ratio.

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Overall, it says credit market debt totalled $2.33 trillion at the end of the quarter including $1.53 trillion in mortgage debt and $802.1 billion in consumer credit and non-mortgage loans.

The household debt service ratio — measured as total obligated payments of principal and interest on credit market debt as a proportion of household disposable income — fell to 14.67% from 14.81%.