CONSUMER DEBT

By Pamela Swanigan

Here are the average amounts of household debt. Figures in parentheses are percentage change from 2013 to 2014.

Atlantic provinces: $64,120 (+36%)

Quebec: $59,805 (+5%)

Ontario: $67,507 (-12%)

British Columbia: $99,834 (+26%)

Alberta: $124,838 (+40%)

Manitoba and Saskatchewan: $82,100 (-17%)

Canada: $76,140 (+6%).

Overall, Canadians’ debts are equivalent to 162.6% of their annual disposable income.

United States (2012): USD$75,600 (average household income $84,300)

United Kingdom: £54,000 (CDN$97,740; +100% from 2003)

Russia (2013): USD$15,000 per person (2013 average income $7,500)

China (2012): USD$1,737 (average income USD$10,000)

Qatar (2013): USD$143,000 (+260% from 2004; average household income USD$239,000)

Ireland (2012): £38,938 per person (CDN$70,477)

Sources: Huffington Post; BMO; The Telegraph (Britain); Vedomosti (Russia); Forbes; Raidió Teilifís Éireann