The continued effects from the low price of oil saw debt delinquency rates in Alberta and Saskatchewan climb higher in the second quarter.
Equifax Canada says the delinquency rate for Alberta was up 40.3 per cent compared with a year ago. The rate in Saskatchewan climbed 22.7 per cent.
Newfoundland, which has also been hit by the downturn in oil, was up 19.4 per cent. The national delinquency rate was 1.1 per cent, up 4.1 per cent from a year ago.
Data shows the total amount Canadians owe increased in the second quarter to $1.66 trillion, up 6.3 per cent compared with a year ago.
The agency says excluding mortgages, consumers owed on average $21,878, up 3.4 per cent from a year ago.