Insolvencies Rise in Canada and are Likely to Continue Upward Trend in 2023


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The total number of insolvencies (bankruptcies and proposals) in Canada was up year-over-year for the second straight month. 

Those in debt are already struggling. The highest number of Canadian insolvencies since March 2020 was reported last month. And while the total number decreased by 18 per cent from that dizzying height, the year-over-year trend is one of financial struggles – and will likely continue so for 2023.

Some key findings:

  • The total number of insolvencies in December 2022 was 13.8 per cent higher than in December 2021. Consumer insolvencies increased by 13.4 per cent, while business insolvencies increased by 23.3 per cent;
  • For the 12‑month period ending December 31, 2022, the total number of insolvencies increased by 11.9 per cent in comparison to the 12‑month period ending December 31, 2021;
  • Consumer insolvencies for the 12‑month period ending December 31, 2022, increased by 11.2 per cent in comparison to the 12‑month period ending December 31, 2021.

Read the report Insolvency Statistics in Canada — December 2022.

Here’s a video interview with Jasmine Marra, Vice-President, Bromwich + Smith, who discusses the implications of the growing number of bankruptcies.

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Mario Toneguzzi, based in Calgary, has more than 40 years experience as a daily newspaper writer, columnist, and editor. He worked for 35 years at the Calgary Herald covering sports, crime, politics, health, faith, city and breaking news, and business. He is the Senior News Editor with Retail Insider in addition to working as a freelance writer and consultant in communications and media relations/training.


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