“To retire, you need a million dollars.”

You may hear that statement a lot. In truth, there’s no magic number (although there are some simple guidelines to follow). Financial goals and lifestyle, location, as well as life expectancy and cost of living, vary from person to person. All of those, and more, will factor into how much you truly need. With so many things to consider, you may wonder if you’re saving enough and how long that money will last you!

The financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a lot of uncertainty for Canadians’ retirement plans:

And a shift in priorities, too:

  • 81% of Gen Z
  • 76% of Millennials
  • 61% of Gen X
  • 55% of Boomers
Feel that the pandemic has caused them to focus more on saving and their financial security.

Younger generations are starting to think about retirement, with half of Gen Z and Millennials:

  • Reviewing their financial plan on a regular basis (Gen Z 62%, Millennials 54%)
  • Seeking out professional advice (Gen Z 44%, Millennials 51%)
  • Working with an advisor (Gen Z 47%, Millennials 32%)

The right financial plan and advice can set you up for retirement success. And the earlier you begin planning, the more time you have to save and build wealth.

Try these 5 tips to get started:

  1. Build an emergency fund. Even small amounts go a long way
  2. Let compound interest work for you, with regular contributions to an RRSP. 
  3. Review your budget and financial plan often.
  4. Use a retirement calculator to stay on track.
  5. Work with experts, like an advisor, to help make sure your money lasts.

And remember: if you haven’t started yet, it’s never too late! Canadians who work with an advisor are more likely to be confident about their financial future and feel better prepared for retirement.

Find an advisor today – they can help you do the math on how much you actually need to retire, and keep your savings on track.


Need help figuring out what’s right for you?

An advisor can help put together a solid plan that suits your goals.

This article is meant to only provide general information. Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada does not provide legal, accounting, taxation, or other professional advice. Please seek advice from a qualified professional, including a thorough examination of your specific legal, accounting and tax situation.