OTTAWA – Statistics Canada says the country’s national net worth increased by more than $9 billion to $6.8 trillion in the third quarter.
However, it says an increase in net foreign indebtedness dampened the gain.
This higher net foreign debt was largely a result of increased Canadian borrowing abroad, as well as a decrease in the value of Canadian investments denominated in foreign currency because of the rising value of the loonie.
Meanwhile, the report says new household borrowing was $27.3 billion in the third quarter.
Mortgages increased $18.4 billion to $1.1 trillion, although the increase was at a slower pace than in the previous quarter.
Consumer credit levels hit $474 billion in the third quarter compared with $467 billion in the second quarter.