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Maps: how Canadians spend their holiday cash

  • Dec 21, 2014
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If you live in Alberta, you might find yourself spending more on holiday gifts and trips this year than your provincial neighbours.

The 2014 BMO Holiday Outlook, which surveyed 1,005 adult Canadians, found holiday spending this year is expected to drop to a three-year low. But travel remains a priority for many, according to BMO.

BMO found average Albertans are allocating $971 for holiday trips, compared to $603 in Quebec, for example. A BMO spokeswoman said sample sizes meant grouping the Atlantic provinces; grouping Manitoba and Saskatchewan; and no information is available for Yukon, North West Territories or Nunavut.

The survey asked about holiday spending in four categories: gifts, trips, entertaining and other (decorations).

Here’s a full breakdown of available trip spending:

Amount expected to be spent on travelling over the holidays, by province. Data from the 2014 BMO Holiday Outlook. Expand Image
 

How people in each province are expected to spend on gifts:

Average amount expected to be spent on gifts over the holidays, by province. Data from the 2014 BMO Holiday Outlook. Expand Image
 

Spending overall by province:

Average amount ($) expected to be spent overall (gifts, trips, entertaining and decorations) over the holidays, by province. Data from the 2014 BMO Holiday Outlook. Expand Image
 

Year-over-year comparison by category:

Holiday spending allocation, year-over-year comparison (Canada). Data from 2014 BMO Holiday Outlook. Expand Image
 

BMO’s survey, which was conducted in mid-October, is considered accurate to ± 3.1 per cent, 19 times out of 20.

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