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Number Of Millionaires In Canada Shoots Up 11.3% In A Year

Canada. It's the new Switzerland.
The number of Canadian millionaires is rising quickly, according to a report from Capgemini.
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The number of Canadian millionaires is rising quickly, according to a report from Capgemini.

Is Canada becoming a playground for the rich? Those who argue "yes" have more ammunition following a new report showing that the millionaire population in Canada is growing at breakneck speed.

Canada minted some 36,000 new millionaires in 2016, according to a new report from consulting firm Capgemini, an increase of 11.3 per cent in one year.

That's considerably faster than the global average. Worldwide, the number of U.S.-dollar millionaires grew by 7.5 per cent, to a total of just above 16.5 million people. Their wealth grew by 8.2 per cent in a year, to a total of $63.5 trillion.

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There are now almost 357,000 Canadians that Capgemini calls "high net worth individuals" — people with at least $1 million in wealth, not including their primary home.

"A handful of markets, including Russia, Brazil and Canada, dramatically reversed course from declines suffered a year ago," Capgemini said in its World Wealth Report 2017.

Canada did see its number of millionaires shrink in 2015, amid a brief recession brought on by falling oil prices. But with stock and bond markets roaring to life in 2016, the number of rich began to grow once again.

Canada saw some of the world's fastest growth in its population of millionaires in 2016. Russia saw the largest increase, with a jump of nearly 20 per cent.
Capgemini/World Wealth Report 2017
Canada saw some of the world's fastest growth in its population of millionaires in 2016. Russia saw the largest increase, with a jump of nearly 20 per cent.

The U.S. saw its millionaire population grow in line with the world average, up 7.6 per cent in a year. The wealth they hold grew 7.8 per cent, to a total of US$16.8 trillion. That's about 15 times as much wealth as Canada's rich hold, about US$1.1 trillion.

Capgemini maintained its prediction that the world's rich will see their wealth grow by more than 50 per cent over the next eight years, reaching US$100 trillion by 2025.

The report found that Canada has the world's eighth-largest population of millionaires, behind (in order) the U.S., Japan, Germany, China, France, the U.K. and Switzerland.

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