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Are Canadians Doing Better Financially This Year Than Last?

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As 2013 comes to an end, how would you summarize your financial status?

Ipsos Reid and Sun Life surveyed 1,239 and found that 57 percent of Canadians believe that they were no better off now than they were last year. More optimistic were 38 percent of respondents who claim to have improved their financial positions while 5 percent said they weren't sure.

Sifting through the data, women (61%) were more likely than men (53%) to express feeling worse off financially, as were seniors 55 and over (61%) when compared to the 35-54 age group at 58% or the 18-34 year old adults at 50%.

The survey also shows that while 36 percent of Canadians contribute to retirement savings, with 18 percent doing so on a regular or monthly basis and 12 percent making lump sum contributions yearly, the vast majority - 58 percent polled - made no RRSP contributions.

Sun Life president Kevin Dougherty notes: "It's concerning that a majority of Canadians aren't feeling better off financially than they were last year as we head into a holiday season where we tend to spend more and save less. Canadians can take steps toward feeling better by putting a financial plan in writing and perhaps consider it as a new year's resolution."

There were also differences by provinces with 47 percent of Albertans feeling less financially healthy, followed by those in Saskatchewan and Manitoba (45%), and Canadians in the Atlantic provinces (43%). In Quebec, 63 percent of respondents felt less well off than they did in 2012.