Home expected to fund retirement for one-quarter of Canadians

Home expected to fund retirement for one-quarter of Canadians

Survey finds many Canadians are relying on their home to fund their retirement and more than half plan to work past age 65. Are you among them? Take our poll question…


Nearly one-quarter of Canadians plan to tap their home as a primary source of income after they leave the workforce, according to the 2014 Sun Life Canadian Unretirement Index. The survey also found that more than half (56%) plan to work past the traditional retirement age of 65, most out of necessity.

Still, the average expected retirement age fell to 66, the lowest level in the last four years of the survey’s existence (down from a high of age 69 in 2011).

“With people living longer and more Canadians expecting to retire sooner, it’s important to look at what savings you will need to be fully prepared and how having a financial plan can help protect against risks that can be magnified in retirement such as market shocks and health events,” Kevin Dougherty, president of Sun Life Financial Canada said in a press release.

Canadians on average expect approximately 10% of their retirement income to come from home equity, with another 30% to come from government plans, 27% from personal savings, 23% from employer pension plans, 5% from an inheritance and 6% from other sources.

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