Survey of Financial Security

The purpose of the survey is to collect information from a sample of Canadian households on their assets, debts, employment, income and education. The SFS provides a comprehensive picture of the financial health of Canadians. Information is collected on the value of all major financial and non-financial assets and on the money owing on mortgages, vehicles, credit cards, student loans and other debts.
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  • Stats in brief: 11-001-X202009723525
    Description: Release published in The Daily – Statistics Canada’s official release bulletin
    Release date: 2020-04-06

  • Articles and reports: 75-006-X201900100012
    Description:

    A dream of many Canadians is to someday own their own home and most take on debt for that reason. This study uses data from the Survey of Financial Security to examine changes in homeownership rates and factors associated with homeownership, the proportion of families who had paid off the mortgage on their principal residence, and the amount of mortgage debt owed by families who had a mortgage. The study also provides information on the types of mortgage rates on the principal residence (fixed rate, variable rate or a combination of both).

    Release date: 2019-08-08

  • Stats in brief: 11-001-X201922020843
    Description: Release published in The Daily – Statistics Canada’s official release bulletin
    Release date: 2019-08-08

  • Stats in brief: 11-627-M2019054
    Description:

    A dream of many Canadians is to someday own their own home. Canadians work hard to achieve this goal and most take on debt for that reason. Using data from the Survey on Financial Security, this infographic describes trends in homeownership and mortgage debt from 1999 to 2016.

    Release date: 2019-08-08

  • Articles and reports: 75-006-X201900100010
    Description:

    This study uses data from the 2016 Survey of Financial Security to examine financial distress indicators for Canadian families. Three financial distress indicators are examined: the proportion of Canadian families who skipped or delayed a mortgage payment, the proportion who skipped or delayed a non-mortgage payment and the proportion who borrowed money through a payday loan. This paper also examines the factors associated with financial distress among Canadians, with a particular focus on their debt level.

    Release date: 2019-06-26

  • Stats in brief: 11-001-X201917720485
    Description: Release published in The Daily – Statistics Canada’s official release bulletin
    Release date: 2019-06-26

  • Stats in brief: 11-001-X201910820384
    Description: Release published in The Daily – Statistics Canada’s official release bulletin
    Release date: 2019-04-18

  • Stats in brief: 11-627-M2019029
    Description:

    This infographic examines economic wellbeing for millennials (those between 25 and 34 years old in 2016) and provides a comparison with generation X at the same age (those between 25 and 34 years old in 1999). Information is provided on income, assets, debts and net worth.

    Release date: 2019-04-18

  • Stats in brief: 11-001-X201910620385
    Description: Release published in The Daily – Statistics Canada’s official release bulletin
    Release date: 2019-04-16

  • Articles and reports: 11F0019M2019010
    Description:

    While several studies have documented the evolution of the earnings of immigrants in Canada over the last three decades, the evolution of immigrants’ wealth has received relatively little attention. Using data from the Survey of Financial Security of 1999, 2005, 2012 and 2016, this study fills this gap. The study uncovers several key patterns.

    Release date: 2019-04-16
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  • Public use microdata: 13M0006X
    Description:

    The cross-sectional public-use microdata file for the Survey of Financial Security is a collection of income, assets, debts and wealth data on the economy of Canadian families. The production of this file includes many safeguards to prevent the identification of any one person or family.

    The file is produced at the economic family level with information on family demographics; income; financial behaviours and attitudes; principal residence; assets, debts and net worth; family composition and size; and the major income recipient.

    Please see the user guide for more information.  

    Release date: 2018-06-26

  • Table: 11-10-0021-01
    (formerly: CANSIM 205-0003)
    Geography: Canada, Geographical region of Canada, Province or territory
    Frequency: Occasional
    Description:

    Composition of assets (including Employer Pension Plans valued on a termination basis) and debts held by all family units, by net worth quintiles, Canada and provinces.

    Release date: 2018-04-13

  • Table: 11-10-0016-01
    (formerly: CANSIM 205-0002)
    Geography: Canada, Geographical region of Canada, Province or territory, Census metropolitan area
    Frequency: Occasional
    Description:

    Assets and debts held by family units and by age groups, total amounts.

    Release date: 2017-12-08

  • Table: 11-10-0049-01
    (formerly: CANSIM 205-0004)
    Geography: Canada, Geographical region of Canada, Province or territory, Census metropolitan area
    Frequency: Occasional
    Description:

    This table contains 58320 series, with data for years 1999 - 2016 (not all combinations necessarily have data for all years). This table contains data described by the following dimensions (Not all combinations are available): Geography (20 items: Canada; Atlantic; Newfoundland and Labrador; Prince Edward Island; ...);  Assets and debts (27 items: Total assets; Private pension assets; Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSPs), Registered Retirement Income Funds (RRIFs), Locked-in Retirement Accounts (LIRAs) and other; Employer-sponsored Registered Pension Plans (EPPs); ...);  Net worth quintiles (6 items: Total, all net worth quintiles; Lowest net worth quintile; Second net worth quintile; Middle net worth quintile; ...);  Statistics (6 items: Total values; Percentage of total assets or total debts; Number holding asset or debt; Percentage holding asset or debt; ...);  Confidence intervals (3 items: Estimate; Lower bound of a 95% confidence interval; Upper bound of a 95% confidence interval).

    Release date: 2017-12-08

  • Table: 11-10-0057-01
    (formerly: CANSIM 205-0005)
    Geography: Canada, Geographical region of Canada, Province or territory, Census metropolitan area
    Frequency: Occasional
    Description:

    This table contains 58320 series, with data for years 1999 - 2016 (not all combinations necessarily have data for all years). This table contains data described by the following dimensions (Not all combinations are available): Geography (20 items: Canada; Atlantic; Newfoundland and Labrador; Prince Edward Island; ...);  Assets and debts (27 items: Total assets; Private pension assets; Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSPs), Registered Retirement Income Funds (RRIFs), Locked-in Retirement Accounts (LIRAs) and other; Employer-sponsored Registered Pension Plans (EPPs); ...);  After-tax income quintiles (6 items: Total, all after-tax income quintiles; Lowest after-tax income quintile; Second after-tax income quintile; Middle after-tax income quintile; ...);  Statistics (6 items: Total values; Percentage of total assets or total debts; Number holding asset or debt; Percentage holding asset or debt; ...);  Confidence intervals (3 items: Estimate; Lower bound of a 95% confidence interval; Upper bound of a 95% confidence interval).

    Release date: 2017-12-08
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  • Stats in brief: 11-001-X202009723525
    Description: Release published in The Daily – Statistics Canada’s official release bulletin
    Release date: 2020-04-06

  • Articles and reports: 75-006-X201900100012
    Description:

    A dream of many Canadians is to someday own their own home and most take on debt for that reason. This study uses data from the Survey of Financial Security to examine changes in homeownership rates and factors associated with homeownership, the proportion of families who had paid off the mortgage on their principal residence, and the amount of mortgage debt owed by families who had a mortgage. The study also provides information on the types of mortgage rates on the principal residence (fixed rate, variable rate or a combination of both).

    Release date: 2019-08-08

  • Stats in brief: 11-001-X201922020843
    Description: Release published in The Daily – Statistics Canada’s official release bulletin
    Release date: 2019-08-08

  • Stats in brief: 11-627-M2019054
    Description:

    A dream of many Canadians is to someday own their own home. Canadians work hard to achieve this goal and most take on debt for that reason. Using data from the Survey on Financial Security, this infographic describes trends in homeownership and mortgage debt from 1999 to 2016.

    Release date: 2019-08-08

  • Articles and reports: 75-006-X201900100010
    Description:

    This study uses data from the 2016 Survey of Financial Security to examine financial distress indicators for Canadian families. Three financial distress indicators are examined: the proportion of Canadian families who skipped or delayed a mortgage payment, the proportion who skipped or delayed a non-mortgage payment and the proportion who borrowed money through a payday loan. This paper also examines the factors associated with financial distress among Canadians, with a particular focus on their debt level.

    Release date: 2019-06-26

  • Stats in brief: 11-001-X201917720485
    Description: Release published in The Daily – Statistics Canada’s official release bulletin
    Release date: 2019-06-26

  • Stats in brief: 11-001-X201910820384
    Description: Release published in The Daily – Statistics Canada’s official release bulletin
    Release date: 2019-04-18

  • Stats in brief: 11-627-M2019029
    Description:

    This infographic examines economic wellbeing for millennials (those between 25 and 34 years old in 2016) and provides a comparison with generation X at the same age (those between 25 and 34 years old in 1999). Information is provided on income, assets, debts and net worth.

    Release date: 2019-04-18

  • Stats in brief: 11-001-X201910620385
    Description: Release published in The Daily – Statistics Canada’s official release bulletin
    Release date: 2019-04-16

  • Articles and reports: 11F0019M2019010
    Description:

    While several studies have documented the evolution of the earnings of immigrants in Canada over the last three decades, the evolution of immigrants’ wealth has received relatively little attention. Using data from the Survey of Financial Security of 1999, 2005, 2012 and 2016, this study fills this gap. The study uncovers several key patterns.

    Release date: 2019-04-16
Reference (1)

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  • Surveys and statistical programs – Documentation: 13F0026M2007001
    Description:

    This guide will be of assistance when using the public use microdata file (PUMF) of the Survey of Financial Security (SFS) conducted by the Pensions and Wealth Surveys Section of the Income Statistics Division.

    Release date: 2007-09-04
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