“Given the amount that the CPP or QPP pays out, Canadians should not rely on them as a primary source of income to fund their retirement,” says Chris Buttigieg, BMO’s senior manager of wealth planning strategy. “Rather, they should consider the CPP and QPP to be a supplementary component of their overall retirement income solution and focus on creating their very own ‘personal pension plan’ by [regularly] contributing to an RRSP.” RSRP is Canada’s equivalent of a tax-favored individual retirement account.
The study also identified the sources of income Canadians plan to use to fund their retirement outside of the CPP/QPP:
- Personal savings such as RRSPs, TFSAs, etc. – 88 percent;
- Part-time job - 59 percent;
- Sale of home/property - 49 percent;
- Inheritance - 40 percent;
- Hoping to win the lottery - 34 percent, including 14 percent relying “heavily”;
- Support from family/children - 28 percent.
||Relying on the CPP/QPP to fund their retirement
||Relying on personal savings to fund retirement
||Relying on winning the lottery to fund their retirement