Canada Asset Management Market (2022 – 2027): Growth Of Responsible Investment Funds

DUBLIN, April 18, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The “Canada Asset Management Market – Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact and Forecasts (2022 – 2027)” report has been added to’s offering.

Key Highlights

Growth in Canada outpaced both the U.S. and the global industry, with AUM rising 14% during the year to US$3.6 trillion.

Retail investment is gaining share in Canada, and the rising share of the market and the increasing sophistication of retail investors present asset managers with an opportunity worth monitoring. This trend is expected to continue over the next five years, with growth forecast at 9% annually.

Certain active categories also generated strong asset growth in 2020, it noted, including large-cap equity funds, government-focused fixed-income funds, money market funds and specialized products. Even with a global pandemic, a lockdown-induced recession, and the specters of economic malaise and growing inequality, the total AUM in Canada’s investment fund industry grew by more than $2 billion.

From a sales perspective, mutual funds saw net sales of $31 billion, an increase of 83% over the previous year, while ETF net sales reached $41.5 billion on the back of 48% year-on-year growth. Gross sales for mutual funds amounted to $300 billion, a historic record.

Canadian investment managers have been investing in alternatives much before the counterpart countries hopped onto the bandwagon due to low-interest rates and volatile public markets.

The fintech market in Canada is also growing at a fast pace, aiding the overall growth of the Asset management industry. The year 2020 was a transformative year for the Canadian asset management industry, through shifting consumer attitudes, a growing competitive landscape, and, ultimately, the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Events of 2020 put Canadian asset managers on alert. Additionally, though the industry has shown its trademark resilience, homegrown leaders continue to feel the pressure of mounting competition, consumer shifts, and rippling impacts of the global pandemic.

Big asset managers are looking at expanding into alternatives and low-cost beta products to the point where many players have gone down the route of partnering with a hedge fund or private equity managers on the alpha side and looking into ETF-style platforms on the beta site.

The industry’s relationship with technology has also brightened, even if familiar uncertainties linger. While organizations are becoming more confident and adept in adopting the likes of blockchain, bots, data analytics, and artificial intelligence (AI), reservations persist as to how these resources will pay back their investments and how organizations can mitigate their potential risks.

Moreover, considering that there is always a new competitor willing to look beyond these reservations, organizations are feeling the pressure to make a decision or fall behind.

Key Market Trends

The Growth Of Responsible Investment Fund in Canada

Responsible investment fund assets grew by 55% in 2020, compared to 11% growth for the fund industry overall. Responsible investment (RI) has taken its place as the predominant investment approach among Canadian investors.

Assets in Canada being managed using at least one RI strategy increased to $3.2 trillion, compared to $2.1 trillion at the end of 2017. This corresponds to growth of 48.5% for RI AUM over a two-year period-equivalent to 21.9% annualized growth over two years.

Responsible investing comprises a majority of Canada’s professionally managed assets, accounting for 61.8% of all Canadian AUM. This is a larger share of the overall market than the previous years when RI assets attained a milestone of 50.6% of the Canadian investment industry.

The rising demand for RI among individual investors is being met with greater availability and diversity of retail RI products, as longer-standing RI firms expand their product offerings and newer entrants to the space launch RI products. Assets in designated RI retail mutual funds have increased to $15.1 billion from $11.1 billion two years prior, representing growth of 36% over two years. Meanwhile, assets in exchange-traded funds (ETFs) managed under RI strategies have more than doubled over the last two years, from $240.6 million to $654.9 million.

Exchange-Traded Funds and MF in Canada

Canada’s exchange-traded fund industry reached quite the milestone last week, with net sales surpassing mutual fund sales for the first time in the country’s history. In 2019, ETFs were brought in $18.7 billion compared to $7.8 billion for mutual funds.

Canadian ETF assets have climbed by 74% since 2015, but with only five banks and a handful of investment firms holding most Canadian assets. Also, since 2015, mutual fund assets have also increased by about 74%, a huge number considering the size of the industry.

Companies Mentioned

  • RBC Group

  • TD Asset Management Inc.

  • BlackRock Asset Management Canada Ltd.

  • CIBC Asset Management Inc.

  • Fidelity Canada Institutional

  • CI Investments Inc. (including CI Institutional Asset Management)

  • Mackenzie Investments

  • 1832 Asset Management LP (Scotiabank)

  • Manulife Asset Management Ltd

  • Brookfield Asset Management Inc.*

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