What Are Average Credit Scores in Canada by Age?
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The Average Canadian Credit Score
Canadian credit scores vary from 300-900. The closer you are to 900, the better your score. A better score means lenders are more inclined to approve you for loans or credit. In addition to a more straightforward approval process, the higher your credit score is, lenders are more prone to offer you a lower interest rate, as you are more likely to repay them on time.
What About The Average Credit Score by Province?
The average credit score fluctuates by province, as the health of credit is tied to your financial situation; it makes sense that there are differences between the region you live in. Some provinces/territories offer their population more financial opportunities or more financial hurdles, all of which can affect credit score. Some of these opportunities or limitations could be:
- Amount of jobs available
- Cost of living
- Cost of housing
For example, the province with the highest number of people with credit scores above 750 is Quebec. The province or territory with the highest number of people with credit scores below 520 is Nunavut.
Toronto – 679
Mississauga – 671
Ottawa – 663
Brampton – 646
Hamilton – 629
Quebec City – 676
Montreal – 663
Newfoundland and Labrador
St. John’s – 664
Calgary – 650
Edmonton – 625
Iqaluit – 644
Regina – 642
Winnipeg – 638
Halifax – 638
Fredericton – 628
Vancouver – 687
Victoria – 679
Yellowknife – 637
Prince Edward Island Charlottetown – 636
Yukon Whitehorse – 619
Data: Average Credit Score By Canadian City study
Does the Average Credit Score in Canada Vary by Age?
Yes, there is a connection between age and credit score. Two factors that impact your credit score are your credit history and your credit mix. As you grow older, you will likely open lines of credit and apply for a credit card. You also make more significant purchases, such as your first car or home. With these purchases come loans and mortgages, adding to your credit mix. As you pay these off (hopefully on time and in full!), your credit history grows.
According to Equifax Canada’s most recent Generational Study, here are the average credit scores by age group:
Credit Score Advice Per Each Age Group
If your credit score falls below the Canadian average of 667, there are steps you can take to build your credit. Below are concrete steps you can take by age to ensure your credit score is as strong as it can be.
As younger people spend and make less, they don’t typically apply for many credit products. This makes creating a healthy credit history at this age difficult. During this time, you should start developing healthy financial habits, such as obtaining your first credit card and paying it off in a timely manner. This can help you build your credit score when you need it later to apply for larger, more expensive loans.
At this age, saving should jump to the top of your priority list, as you’ll soon be purchasing your first car, mortgaging a home and having children. These major life events typically happen around the age of 30, so you should start thinking early on about paying down any consumer debt and minimize the amount of dependence you have on credit cards.
Retiring at 50 is a thing of the past; however, it is likely on your mind. By the time you’re 40 you should have healthy financial habits when saving and spending wisely. A majority of your initial car or home loans should be paid off, and you should have invested a healthy amount into your RRSP.
By this point, the car and the mortgage are paid, and your children have careers and families of their own. Many people at this age sell their houses and downsize to a comfortable condo. While a good credit score is useful, continuing to save for retirement as well as creating a plan to make sure that your hard earned money lasts is likely your priority.
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