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Canadian insolvency filings have been pushing to new highs recently. Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy Canada (OSB) data shows insolvencies rising quickly in February. Filings over the past year are now at the highest level since 2010, with growth accelerating… and this is before the pandemic was declared Canada Insolvency Filings Reach Highest Level Since 2010 Canadian insolvencies are Read more…


Canadian households didn’t need incentive to borrow, as credit growth was already accelerating. Bank of Canada (BoC) data shows the outstanding balance of household debt reached a new high in February. The rise of debt was due entirely to inflating mortgage balances. Consumer credit, the other major segment, continued to nosedive – printing a second monthly drop. Canadian Households Owe Read more…


Time for your cheat sheet on this week’s most important stories. Canadian Real Estate One In Ten Canadian Restaurants Have Permanently Closed AlreadyCanada’s restaurant industry is one of the hardest hit by COVID-19, and a lot of the damage is permanent. The industry estimates over 800,000 restaurant jobs were lost in March. They also estimate 1 in 10 restaurants have Read more…


Greater Vancouver real estate buyers didn’t yield to warnings of pandemic. Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) data shows a big climb in real estate sales for March. Despite warnings of a public health emergency, buyers still jumped into the market. It wasn’t until the province declared a state of emergency did buyers slow. […] The post Over 930 Read more…


Despite a lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, thousands of people in Toronto still bought a home. Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB) data shows a big increase in March sales. The rise in sales was due to the first-half of the month, prior to the board’s request to stop face-to-face activity. Despite the request, thousands of people still went Read more…


Canada’s restaurant apocalypse is bad, and about to get a lot worse in the next few weeks. Restaurants Canada estimates the industry lost 800,000 jobs in March, and a tenth of restaurants have already permanently closed. The organization is forecasting Canada will lose almost a third of restaurants by month end. Why Do You Care? The restaurant industry is one Read more…


Toronto’s busy streets are suddenly deserted due to the pandemic, and criminals are taking advantage. Anecdotally, officers say they’ve been busier with break and enters this year. A quick dive into Toronto Police Services (TPS) data supports the gut feeling, with Q1 showing a bump in break and enter reports. The rise in crime is entirely due to a surge Read more…


Greater Toronto real estate buyers rushed into the market, even amongst pandemic warnings. Altus Group data shows new home sales more than doubled in February. The impact on prices was mixed, as new single-family homes continued to fall. Condo apartment prices rallied to a new all-time high. The gap between the two narrowed to the smallest level since 2014. In Read more…


Canadian real estate markets were busier than usual at the beginning of last month. This helped to push mortgage debt higher, even though the back half of the month was halted due to the pandemic. Bank of Canada (BoC) data shows outstanding mortgage credit reached a new high in February. The year-over-year growth is now the highest in two years… Read more…


Time for your cheat sheet on this week’s most important stories. Canadian Real Estate A Panicked Bank Of Canada Just Cut Interest Rates Back To Record LowsThe Bank of Canada (BoC) made another unscheduled rate cut last week. The central bank’s policy rate is now just 0.25%, down 150 bps form a month before. This is the third 50 bps Read more…


Canada’s central bank is flooding the credit market, and hoping nothing sinks. The Bank of Canada (BoC) made an unscheduled rate decision today, dropping the policy rate to just 0.25%. The decision is the third cut just this month, and marks a return to the lowest policy rate Canada has ever seen. Policy Interest Rate […] The post A Panicked Read more…


Canadian debt is becoming very cheap, very rapidly – and it’s not a great sign. Bank of Canada (BoC) data shows the effective interest rate paid by households fell to a monthly year low on March 20. The decline from a year ago is the fastest we’ve seen rates drop during this period, since the Financial Crisis. Canadian Household Effective Read more…


Canada’s economy was sputtering before COVID-19, but last week’s job losses are unprecedented. The Federal government now estimates 960,000 jobless claims were made just last week. The number of claims for the week is higher than any monthly tally in Canadian history. The weekly bump is around 5% of the workforce making the unemployment rate the highest in decades. Canadians Read more…


It was a slow holiday, but Canadian seniors are back to tapping their  home’s value for cash. Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) filings show reverse mortgage debt reached a new high in January. The new high came with a sharp acceleration in growth, but the rate is in line with historic numbers. Reverse Mortgages Reverse mortgages are Read more…


Canadian homeowners were buckling down on the spending ahead of the pandemic. Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) data shows the balance of loans secured by residential real estate, such as HELOCs, made a tiny move in January. The movement, the weakest in over half a decade, saw the balance fall from all-time highs. Canadians Secured Over $303 Read more…