Best Canadian Dividend Stocks for 2021 -My top 10

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Mrs. T and I are working toward financial independence by investing in dividend stocks and index ETFs. Our plan is to live off dividends. Therefore, I’m always on the lookout for great dividend stocks to invest in. What are some of the best Canadian dividend stocks?

When it comes to picking best Canadian dividend stocks, it is important to not just look at the dividend yield. Other factors like dividend growth rate, earning history, company revenue growth, return on equities, and cash flow are also important to monitor.

Why is dividend stocks so attractive? Because the stable dividend payments. With low interest rates, why not hold dividend paying stocks that pay regular stable and uninterrupted dividends? Some Canadian utility stocks like Fortis and Canadian Utilities have been raising dividends for over 40 years and paying at an attractive dividend yield rate.

Can you believe that the Big Five Canadian Banks have been paying uninterrupted dividends since the late 1800s? This is one of the key reasons why we hold Canadian bank shares rather than buying one of the Canadian bank ETFs. So why hold bonds that pays around 1% when you can get safe and steady dividends at around 4%?

If you look at our dividend portfolio, you will notice that we own quite a bit of Canadian dividend stocks. While we have been trying to own more ex-Canada dividend stocks, the reason for owning so many Canadian dividend stocks is mostly due to the exchange rate.

By now, you should all know that the stock market goes up and down daily. However, long-term, the stock market has a tendency to increase in value. That’s why time in the market is far more important than timing the market. I believe it is important to identify the 10 best Canadian dividend stocks so you can continue monitoring them and pull the buy trigger whenever there is a good buying opportunity.

Which 10 stocks made my best Canadian dividend stocks list?

Best Canadian Dividend Stocks – Top 10

Here is my top 10 list of best Canadian dividend stocks. These picks are based on total growth – a combination of dividend growth and stock price appreciation.

We typically add shares to dividend stocks that we already own whenever there’s a pullback. For example, if there’s a 10% or 15% pullback within a short period of time, it usually makes sense to buy these dividend stocks.

1. Enbridge (ENB.TO)

Enbridge is one of the leading North American infrastructure companies with a vast network of pipelines. In fact, Enbridge owns an extensive network of about 192,000 miles of natural gas and NGL pipelines across North America and the Gulf of Mexico.

Best Canadian dividend stocks - Enbridge business model

Since our reliance on natural gas and crude oil aren’t going away anytime soon, we will need to continue to rely on Enbridge’s pipelines to transport these valuable assets across North America. The 3.7 million Enbridge customers in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, New York, and other US states certainly rely Enbridge to continue supply natural gas to them.

Therefore, I believe Enbridge will continue to grow its earnings and revenues for years to come. As you can see from Enbridge’s annual presentation below, Enbridge has a history of long term value creation for its shareholders.

Best Canadian dividend stocks - Enbridge
  • Sector: Energy
  • Dividend Yield: 6.77%
  • Dividend Payout Ratio: 106.9%
  • PE Ratio: 16.47
  • 5 Year Dividend Growth Rate: 11.7%
  • Dividend Increase Streak: 25 years

Enbridge has been re-investing money to update Line 3 and Line 5 to improve efficiency. Many of the Eastern US states and Canadian provinces rely heavily on Line 5. For example, Line 5 provides 45% of Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Ontario, and Quebec’s gas, diesel, jet fuel, and propane.

Some investors may look at Enbridge’s 6.77% yield and over 100% payout ratio and think the dividends are not sustainable. But when we look at ENB’s cash flow, it is able to cover the dividend payouts. Therefore, the dividend payments should be safe.

2. National Bank (NA.TO)

Some Canadians may not be are aware of National Bank because it is heavily concentrated in Quebec. But it might come as a surprise that National Bank is the sixth largest bank in Canada with Quebec contributing 62% of its revenues.

If you look at the ten year price chart, you’ll notice that NA has done really well when it comes to share price. Furthermore, NA ha also continued to increase its dividends at a good rate.

In the last few years, National Bank has been expanding to the rest of Canada to capture additional growth. Being a smaller bank compared to the Big Five Banks, National Bank has grown by focusing on the capital market and wealth management. 

  • Sector: Financial Services
  • Dividend Yield: 2.97%
  • Dividend Payout Ratio: 38.3%
  • PE Ratio: 12.49
  • 5 Year Dividend Growth Rate: 8.5%
  • Dividend Increase Streak: 11 years

I picked National Bank as one of my best Canadian dividend stocks mostly because it’s a smaller player compared to the Big Five Banks. Being a smaller bank, National Bank can adopt strategies and changes a bit quicker. For example, National Bank opened private banking branches in Western Canada to capture additional growth. The bank is also leaning on new technologies to serve the younger client base and improve company efficiency. Being a smaller bank allows National Bank to maneuver and implement changes at a fast pace than its competition and this can be viewed as a key advantage. 

Like other Canadian banks, National Bank put aside a lot of money in 2020 to protect themselves in case of loan defaults. As it turned out, not as many loans defaulted, resulting better than expected earnings for NA. I think National Bank is posed to continue to do well once the global pandemic comes to an end.

3. TD Bank (TD.TO)

Toronto-Dominion Bank is a Canada-based bank, which operates in North America. TD is one of the largest banks in Canada and the 5th largest bank in North America. It is an online financial services firm, with over 14 million online and mobile customers. Its segments include Canadian Retail, U.S. Retail, Wholesale Banking and Corporate. TD has also a large retail presence with more than 2,300 retail locations across North America. No wonder I see so many TD branches all over Vancouver!

  • Sector: Financial Services
  • Dividend Yield: 3.16%
  • Dividend Payout Ratio: 40.7%
  • PE Ratio: 10.78
  • 5 Year Dividend Growth Rate: 9.8%
  • Dividend Increase Streak: 10 years

I like TD as one of the best Canadian dividend stocks because of its readily available banking branches. You can easily spot TD branches walking around any major Canadian and US cities. TD gets more than 30% of its net income from the American division, and has more than 1,250 retail locations in the US. So the company is well diversified outside of Canada.

I became a TD customer when my parents opened up a chequing account for me with TD when I was a teenager. Since then I have opened TFSA with TD , used credit cards from TD Bank, and continued to use TD. Fortunately for TD, most people are like me. When they open an account with a particular bank, they tend to continue banking with this particular bank. More often than not, it’s not worth the hassle to switch your bank or closing your account. 

TD has seen a nice run up in share price since March 2020. Signs are pointing that this run up will mostly continue.

4. Alimentation Couche-Tard (ATD.B)

Alimentation Couche-Tard doesn’t have the highest dividend yield but its dividend growth rate over the last ten years has been fantastic. ATD also has had some fantastic revenue growth and strong cash flow. The strong growth is contributed to the 14,000 convenience stores in North America and Europe.

Best Canadian dividend stocks - Alimentation Couche-Tard global footprint
  • Sector: Consumer Defensive
  • Dividend Yield: 0.69%
  • Dividend Payout: 11.2%
  • PE Ratio: 16.72
  • 5 Year Dividend Growth Rate: 21.7%
  • Dividend Increase Streak: 11 years

Yes, it is easy to overlook ATD due to the sub 1% dividend yield. While the initial dividend yield is extremely low, ATD has been growing its dividends at an impressive rate. For me, I think ATD is a great Canadian dividend stock to hold if you want something defensive.

ATD has almost 40 years of experience so the company is always looking to customer behaviour changes. With EV evolution in mind, Alimentation Couche-Tar is planning to add EV charging stations at its convenience store locations in the US and Canada. The company is doing the same in Norway as well. This kind of roll out wouldn’t be possible without a vast network of retail stores.

5. Granite REIT (GRT.UN)

Granite REIT is a Canadian-based real estate investment trust engaged in the acquisition, development, ownership management of logistics, warehouse and industrial properties in North America and Europe.

GRT.UN’s portfolio consists of 118 investment properties representing almost 51.3 million square feet of leasable area with an occupancy rate of 99.6%.

  • Sector: Industrial REIT
  • Dividend Yield: 3.26%
  • Dividend Payout Ratio: 34.8
  • PE Ratio: 7.1 (for REITS, need to look at Price to FFO)
  • 5 Year Dividend Growth Rate: 4.8%
  • Dividend Increase Streak: 10 years
Best Canadian dividend stocks - Granite REIT tenants

I have come to really like Granite REIT for its global footprint with focus on institutional-quality assets in key distribution and e-commerce markets. Given that online shopping is more and more popular, stores like Amazo, Wayfair, and Walmart all need warehouses to store all the merchandises.

6. Royal Bank (RY.TO)

Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), is a diversified financial services company. The Company provides personal and commercial banking, wealth management services, insurance, investor services and capital markets products and services on a global basis. The Company serves personal, business, public sector and institutional clients in Canada, the United States and approximately 40 other countries. The Company’s business segments include Personal and Commercial Banking, Wealth Management, Insurance, Investor and Treasury Services, Capital Markets.

Royal Bank is the largest bank in Canada with mover than 620,000 clients. If we look at Royal Bank’s earnings, 45% came from personal & commercial banking, 24% came from capital markets, 19% came from wealth management, 7% came from insurance, and 5% came from investor & treasury services.

  • Sector: Financial Services
  • Dividend Yield: 3.38%
  • Dividend Payout Ratio: 43.9%
  • PE Ratio: 13
  • 5 Year Dividend Growth Rate: 7.9%
  • Dividend Increase Streak: 10 years

Royal Bank has been paying dividends since 1870 and has never missed a dividend payment since. Needless to say, the 150 years of dividend payment streak is pretty impressive. And dividend investors can count Royal Bank to continue paying dividends whether it’s a bull market or a bear market. 

7. Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp (AQN.TO)

Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. is a diversified Canadian renewable energy and regulated utility conglomerate with assets across North America. Algonquin actively invests in hydroelectric, wind and solar power facilities, and utility businesses (water, natural gas, electricity), through its two operating subsidiaries: Liberty Power and Liberty Utilities.

  • Sector: Utilities
  • Dividend Yield: 4.28% 
  • Dividend Payout Ratio:  44.6%
  • PE Ratio: 10.8
  • 5 Year Dividend Growth Rate: 10.0%
  • Dividend Increase Streak: 10 years

I picked AQN.TO as one of the best Canadian dividend stocks because renewable energy is becoming more and more prominent. I particularly like that Algonquin Power has been actively investing in renewable energy facilities and increasing its renewable capacity through active acquisitions. This is also why I included AQN.TO as one of the best Canadian utility stocks.

Best Canadian Dividend Stocks - AQN.TO

AQN’s share price has been trending down since mid February. This appears to be a macro trend as many Canadian renewable energy stocks have been trending down. The depressed share price may be a good entry point for dividend investors looking to start a position in AQN.TO.

8. Telus (T.TO)

Telus is one of the big three Canadian telecommunication companies based in Vancouver BC. The Company provides a range of telecommunications services and products, including wireless and wireline voice and data. Telus has around 11 million subscribers and they have increased its dividend nearly every year since 2002.

  • Sector: Communication Services
  • Dividend Yield: 4.49%
  • Dividend Payout Ratio: 137%
  • PE Ratio: 29.96
  • 5 Year Dividend Growth Rate: 7.1%
  • Dividend Increase Streak: 17 years

Since the launch of smartphones and data plans, more and more Canadians are addicted to these smart devices. This addiction has helped Telus to continue making a massive amount of profit. Telus’ board is very shareholder friendly and have declared that they have a goal to continue increasing dividends by 7 to 10% by 2022.

Best Canadian dividend stocks - Telus guidance

Telus has also been expanding outside of its telecommunication core. For example, with the IPO of Telus International, we can see that Telus is now spinning off some of its internal businesses as a way to generate more revenues. The success of Telus International so far sets up a bright future for the eventual IPO of Telus Health.

The PE ratio for Telus is quite high so if there are other dividend paying stocks with similar dividend growth rate but a lower PE and PEG ratios, it might be wise to go with the other dividend stocks.

9. Fortis (FTS.TO)

Fortis Inc. is a Canada-based electric and gas utility holding company. The Company’s segments include Regulated Utilities and Non-Regulated Utilities. Fortis serves many different regions, including Arizona, BC, Alberta, New York, Newfoundland, Ontario, PEI, and the Caribbean’s.

  • Sector: Utilities
  • Dividend Yield: 3.54%
  • Dividend Payout Ratio: 75.3%
  • PE Ratio: 21.71
  • 5 Year Dividend Growth Rate: 6.8%
  • Dividend Increase Streak: 47 years

I like Fortis for its long dividend increase streak and the consistent sustainable cash flow. Furthermore, I see Fortis’ dividend payments like bond interest payments. Many Canadians use natural gas or electricity to heat their home during winter, or use natural gas or electricity for cooking purposes, making Fortis a very stable stock to own.

One thing I like about Fortis is that the company is trying to reduce its carbon footprint and increase its exposure to renewable energy. For example, Fortis has established a corporate-wide carbon emission reduction target of 75% by 2035 compared to 2019 levels. It also plans to increase its renewable energy assets to 7% by 2035. 

10. Canadian National Railway (CNR.TO)

Canadian National Railway Company is engaged in the rail and related transportation business. The Company’s network of approximately 20,000 route miles of track spans Canada and mid-America, connecting approximately three coasts, including the Atlantic, the Pacific and the Gulf of Mexico and serving the cities and ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert (British Columbia), Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, and Mobile (Alabama), and the metropolitan areas of Toronto, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Calgary, Chicago, Memphis, Detroit, Duluth (Minnesota)/Superior (Wisconsin), and Jackson (Mississippi), with connections to all points in North America.

  • Sector: Industrials
  • Dividend Yield: 1.81%
  • Dividend Payout Ratio: 51.8%
  • PE Ratio: 23.94
  • 5 Year Dividend Growth Rate: 13%
  • Dividend Increase Streak: 25 years

What I like about CNR is that the company is very diversified. No one particular product line accounted for more than 25% of the total revenues. And the company has one of the lowest operation ratios of all American railway companies that are publicly traded.

Canadian National Railway has a pretty low dividend yield, but the company has had a relatively high dividend growth rate over the last 5 years. It also has a 10 year dividend growth rate of 15.6% and a 15 year dividend growth rate of 15.9% and a 20 year dividend growth rate of 16%.

The dividend increase streak has been impressive to say the least. The company definitely rewards its shareholders by consistently raising dividends. For example, if you had purchased the stock 10 years ago, you would be looking at a sizable stock price appreciation as well as a solid yield on cost number.

Although rail is not frequently used for passenger travels here in North America, rail is still the most efficient way for transporting goods. Canadian National Railway’s large rail network will allow the company to provide transportation services in North America and bring profits to shareholders.

As a dividend investor who cares both dividend growth and capital appreciate, I really like CNR has consistently outpaced the market.

Since Fortis has a big footprint in Canada already. I would expect Fortis to continue expanding by acquiring utility companies in the US. 

Best Canadian Dividend Stocks – Final Thoughts

Outside of the Canadian banks, most of these top Canadian dividend stocks have relatively high PE ratios. This indicates that some of these stocks are currently overvalued. It is worthwhile to wait for price pullbacks. Some of these best Canadian dividend stocks listed above have payout ratios higher than 70%. This is a sign that these companies’ future dividend growths may slow down.

Want to learn construct your own dividend investing portfolio and start investing in dividend paying stocks? I went through several methods on how I shortlist and screen dividend paying stocks. You may also want to take a look at this Canadian Dividend Calendar to see when the Canadian dividend all stars pay out dividends.

Some of you might wonder if preferred shares have a place in your portfolio. This is a very personal question and totally depends whether your aim is total return or dividend income. Personally, I think there are too many preferred shares available and it can be very confusing looking at preferred shares from the same company and understand all the different jargon. Therefore, if you’re considering holding preferred shares in your portfolio, it might be a good idea to utilize one of the best preferred share ETFs in Canada and let the professionals manage it for you.

The math behind this correlation of high payout ratios and future dividends is fairly straight forward. If a company fully matured, and it is unlikely to a high jump in the share price (likely to just rise with inflation), plus they are already paying out much of their free cash flow (instead of reinvesting it to create value), then it follows there will be much less fiscal room to reward investors going forward.  

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In case you’re curious, for diversification outside of Canada, we hold a handful of US dividend paying stocks. In addition, we utilize one of the low cost ex-Canada ETFs like XAW to diversify our portfolio internationally.

Do you already own dividend stocks and want to create a spreadsheet to track your portfolio? Take a look at my Google Spreadsheet Dividend Portfolio Template.

Want to learn more about how to analyze dividend stocks? Make sure you check out this comprehensive guide on how to read annual and quarterly reports.

The dividend-growth lovers over at Million Dollar Journey have their own list of Canada’s best dividend stocks, which focuses heavily on earnings-per-share, and forward earnings-per-share as their main dividend stock valuation metrics. This again, makes intuitive sense from a dividend-growth perspective, as companies that have a lot of free cash flow – plus a history of raising their dividends – should be ideally positioned to keep those dividends growing far into the future.

Is it better to purchase one of these top Canadian dividend stocks, or purchase lesser known Canadian dividend stocks with lower yield and higher dividend growth? This is a personal decision you need to make yourself. Personally I believe a mix of top Canadian dividend stocks listed above and some lesser known Canadian dividend stocks is a great strategy.

Note: This blog post represents my opinion and not an advice/recommendation to purchase these stocks. Before you buy any stocks, please consult with a qualified financial planner.

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109 thoughts on “Best Canadian Dividend Stocks for 2021 -My top 10”

  1. Good list bob. Personally I would switch the suncor pick with enbridge. higher dividend and longer dividend increase streak. (Although i never realised suncors dividend growth rate was that high) The oil sands scare me as a investment because of how much it costs and the environmental impacts. Just my 5 cents…. haha either way great list. Cheers

      • Suncor has been great disappointed during pandemic, they cut down the div ( a big big alarm for any Dividend investor and a real put off and a wake up call.) KEY.TO any thoughts on that I think they didn’t cut any dividend during the pandemic with a better Yield.

  2. Canada does offer many solid long term investing opportunities. I’m happy to own TD, BNS and RY in my retirement account and have CM on my watch list. Thanks for giving us your top 10!

  3. I am concerned about enbridge as it has high debt and the stock price is at 54 weeks low. That said, the company seems to be well managed. Suncor to me is a better bet with EPS able to meet dividend payout.
    I have 7 out of your top 10 list. The outstanding 3 are definitely in my list to buy namely IFC, Saputo and Suncor.


  4. Always great to see these lists Tawcan. I’m pretty excited that I own the number 1 stock on the list. Love having a stake in Canadian Imperial. Quite frankly, all the major Canadian Banks that I have researched are strong performers. I am a little interested to see that only one of the stocks is considered a Dividend Aristocrat. I thought there would be more companies with consecutive increase streaks greater than 25.

    Thanks for taking the time to prepare this!


    • It’s interesting that most of the Canadian dividend stocks aren’t considered as dividend aristocrats. I guess continuing paying dividends is better than suspending dividend.

  5. A list of solid companies indeed, we own 5 our out of 10. Some of the other are on the horizon too, but currently don’t have funds to start a new position (and considering we cannot contribute anymore, we have to wait until we have sufficient cash form existing dividend income streams).
    Thanks for the good write up Bob.

  6. Does this top 10 come in an ETF 😛

    Interesting that Canadian banks seem to have a lower payout ratio compared to Australian banks at ~80% payout. Our top 4 bank stocks in Oz have slightly higher dividend yield due to this (around 5.0-5.5% yield) and higher PE ratio, around 14. I’m still waiting for them to reduce in price a little.

  7. Tawcan, I’m with you on the exchange rate issue. Being from the US, I invest mostly in US based stocks. Being a dividend investor, I like to know how much I’m going to get paid and not have to worry about exchange rates influencing my payments. We also have to deal with the 15% tax on Canadian company dividends here in the US. For better or worse, those issues keep me mostly invested domestically, buy your list is a nice representation of good Canadian companies. Tom

    • Hi Tom,

      We need to deal with the 15% withholding tax for US dividend stocks too. But don’t need to worry about that if we invest US dividend stocks in RRSP. I think it’s the same if you invest Canadian dividend stocks in 401(k) too.

  8. The Reserve Bank (like the US Fed) sets the cash rate and it’s currently at 1.5%. That’s a pretty standard interest rate on a transaction acc and on an online savings account you can get 2.8-3%. We also have an investment culture geared heavily toward dividends, partly because of franking credits (tax credits for what tax was paid at the company tax rate) and partly just tradition. So banks pay a high dividend and are held by people who expect a high dividend. The share price often get bid up and down based on the yield. Results season for a few of our banks this coming few weeks so it’ll be interesting reading.

    • That’s an interesting fact to know. Interestingly enough, Canadian banks seem to pay higher dividend yields than US counter parts. I’m not exactly sure why this is the case.

  9. Canadian stock yields are awesome. But, they do seem concentrated in finance sector. I own TD. I have been thinking about buying iShares MSCI Canada ETF … I also have exposure to Canada through my VXUS (6.7%).

  10. Thanks for the list Bob. Hey where do you get your payout ratios (and other values)? I seem to get different values from different websites.

    Plus, how do you know what a good PE is for various stocks? For financials, it seems that a low PE of 10-15 is the norm. But for other stocks, we seem to accept higher PE’s.

    • I wrote the post over a span of a week so some of the numbers may have changed slightly.

      In terms of PE, obviously the lower the better but it also depends on the sector. Some sectors will have lower PE’s than other sectors.

  11. I have 5 of your 10 in my top ten. Then instead of RY, I went LB and Suncor I exchanged for ENB. Now that Saputo made that new acquisition in Australia it’s on my watch list, too. Just waiting for a good entry.

  12. I have been studying stock market since 2 months and to me all the share price are inflated. I have been thinking of buying Fortis and some banks’ shares but not sure if I should do it now or wait it out a bit till january, 2018.

  13. Just discovered your blog. Really enjoying the content thus far. Well done! Do you think utilities (FTS, EMA, etc) and REITs will be impacted in this rising rate environment? Would you still acquire new shared in those interest sensitive sectors at this time?


    • These dividend stocks will be negatively impacted by the rising interest rate, but we also need to remember all of these companies have survived the higher interest rate environment. I think in the long run they’ll come out just fine.

  14. Hello Tawcan,

    First of all congratulations for your blog, I follow you from Spain!

    I was struck by the fact that you do not have the “Brookfield Infrastructure Partners” in your portfolio. I have read that it is considered a great share, and I would like to know your opinion if it is possible and why you do not have it in your portfolio.


  15. Hi Bob,

    Great selection of Canadian top 10 dividend stocks. I’ve only got Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS) on your selection. I’ve owned some of these lists in the past (TD, CNR, FTS and SAP) but sold and restructured my dividend portfolio to monthly dividend income. I have also narrowed down my lists to 6 for now from around 13-14 stocks and who knows may add again some dividend growth stocks in the future.

    Is Enbridge (ENB) in your radar and if not do we know why? Thanks.

  16. I am already very overweight BNS and TD , especially since March of this year. I’ve been adding to both especially BNS because of the high yield. But I’ll be adding to existing utility positions going forward the next few months.

  17. Thanks for the list and the exact data I look at: P/E, Ratio, Yield, Increase rate, and length of rises. Since the downturn this spring, I added debt/Capital ratio to what I look at.

    I put Royal Bank on my watch list now. I already own TD, Bank of Nova Scotia, Bank of Montreal, and Canadian Imperial.


  18. Thanks, tawcan. Great list. I would like a little more diversification. I think MRU is a pretty good dividend growth stock. Personally I would prefer MRU over SAP. SAP was a disappointment to me, especially when comparing to SYY in the US.

    Looks like you don’t like pipelines any more. ENB at $40 is pretty tempting to me.

  19. Between BEPC and BEP, I will just buy BEP if I invest in RRSP as the dividend is the same but BEPC is more expensive. I sold my BEPC in my RRSP, obviously too early. LOL.

    Even BEP at this moment is overvalued I think. I might buy AQN instead if I need to invest in green energy at this moment.

  20. I’ve always been a little scared of Brookfield Renewable because of their 64% reliance on hydroelectric. I don’t fully understand the impact of climate change on the supply of fresh water to hydroelectric dams. The renewable space also feels a little too popular these days, which is making it expensive. We do hold a couple hundred of their Series E preferred shares though, which currently yield 5.6%.

  21. My preferred Canadian pick for the next decade is still Enbridge.
    Combination of the high sustainable dividend and mid-single digit DCF growth is an interesting opportunity.
    Also, if the stock returns to its historical valuation that further boosts total returns.

    Wish you successful investing!

  22. XUT looks like a decent high-dividend utility ETF. It misses out on Banks, Oil, Telecomm, and CNR but I invest in those stocks individually (e.g., ENB, CP, CNR, Telus, BNS).

    • XUT charges a 0.62% MER to hold only ten stocks. Three stocks make up 45% of the ETF. I have always used this ETF as the example of the situation where the fund company offers no value to the investor. My opinion would be different if the MER were 0.10%.

      What the ETF does offer is a tidy list of Canadian utility stocks from which to start one’s research. That’s a plus!

      • Fair enough, those are good points. As you suggest, it provides a good list (as does ZUT) and convenient for the lazy investor.

  23. Thanks for telling me about your thoughts that you think what the best top 10 stocks of your dividend investing in canada. I am South Korean. I was looking for someone who I can learn. I was doing dividends investing in South Korea like you. I am happy to find you from google internet.

  24. Greetings from Europe (Denmark)
    Thanks for a great page, and your Canadian top 10 dividend stocks
    There was certainly some interesting Canadian dividend stocks that I didn’t have in my portfolio.
    keep up the great work 🙂

  25. Hi Bob, thanks for giving us your thoughts.

    How would you adjust this Top 10 list in an inflationary environment? i.e. buy, hold or sell?

  26. Great list. What are your thoughts on some REITs, especially those growing their dividends like CAR or AP? Also thoughts about JWEL, MG and ARE?

    • REITs are good to hold but you need to personally determine the portfolio composition. My latest list doesn’t include any REITs because I think there are better dividend stocks to hold than REITs right now.

  27. Hi Tawcan: I own Merck Stock, but hate the withholding tax ($100 in 2020). Can’t move it into an RRSP because I am 75. Should I sell Merck and buy some of your recommendations to hold in my TFSA, e.g., Alimentaire Couche-Tard, or IFC? I am looking for a high dividend because I need them to live on at my age. I hold all the Can. banks in my TFSA so am not looking for a bank stock. Love your blog. Lula in Toronto

  28. Hello Bob!

    I’m glad to have found your website. I enjoyed some of your articles and even learned a couple of things. Thanks for making it!

    I stumbled upon it by researching some specific info online that I still havent found. I was wondering if you knew the answer:

    I want to invest in ENB using my margin account. For some weird reason, my USD account gives me much more margin than my CAD account. So, I want to purchase the stock in the NYSE.

    I need to know if I can still deduct the loan interests from my taxes. It’s still a Canadian corporation, but I’ll be purchasing it in the US stock market.

    Do you know if this is possible? Can’t find anything online with information about this specific case.

    Also, I believe the 15% tax withheld in the US can be recouped via foreign taxes declaration in my CRA return. Do you know if this is correct?

    Thanks so much for your insights!


    • I think it’s possible. The 15% withholding tax is only applicable to US companies so you should be OK with ENB. But better to double check with your broker first.

  29. Oh, I just seems to have found the answers to my questions! 😀

    “So if a Canadian like you, Peter, owns U.S. investments that have been subject to withholding tax of 15% (dividends) or 10% (interest), that income still needs to be declared on your Canadian tax return. However, you do get to claim the foreign tax already withheld. CRA allows you to claim a foreign tax credit for foreign tax paid in order to avoid double taxation of the income.
    Of note is that Canadian dividends qualify for a reduced tax rate due to something called the dividend tax credit. U.S. dividends are taxed at a higher rate (unless you own Canadian companies that are listed on a U.S. stock exchange – many companies are inter-listed).”

    According tot he above, it seems indeed I can deduct the interests from taxes, recover the 15% withheld tax on dividends, and the dividends would benefit of the CRA tax credit 🙂


    I would love to have your comments/confirmation on this topic, anyway.


  30. Great blogs! can you talk more or have a good reference on the tax advantages or disadvantages of investing in dividend stocks vs buying stocks for capital gain?

    • Thank you Vince. It’s a bit more complicated than a few points though. Dividends are generally pretty tax efficient. Capital gains too. It really depends on your income level/tax bracket and your overall investment strategy. Sorry I couldn’t provide a more direct answer.

  31. Love your blog, it’s got so many useful information and helps me a lot.
    Would it be still a good decision to buy some of those Canadian banks’ stocks since the prices look pretty high thesedays. For those starting to build their dividend portfolio for the first time, would it be better to wait for the adjustment or just go get started? Thanks Bob!

    • Thank you Bryan, I appreciate your kind words.

      Yes some Canadian banks are at all time high price, but you need to compare them to the historical PE rather than just look at the price alone. I do think Canadian banks are solid investments and we plan to continue buying more shares via DRIP.

      • Thank you for the reply Bob and also thanks for reminding me with PE.
        I am trying to build a solid portfolio with annual dividend yield of 4% plus some more and it is pretty sad to miss the perfect time to invest in canadian banks last year with great bargain. Thanks again Bob!

  32. Thanks for your blog site. It is very informative and inspiring. What’s your review for Capital Power (CPX)? Why not included in your top 10 list?

  33. Hey Bob,

    Great post as always. I own a lot of the top 10 of yours however I have been accumulating PKI since around 2003 – I remember backing up the truck in 2008 after the crash for $5 per share. Why ATD.B and not taking a look at PKI… Have you looked at PKI?

    Have a great day!


    • Thanks Charles. Nicely done on backing up the truck and buying at $5 per share, you’ve done well.

      I didn’t consider PKI because the 5 year dividend growth has been low (<5%) and it cut its dividends in 2011.

  34. I have added to all of them this year. I was adding AQN since around 21. Hopefully it’s bottomed out now. Just added some CNR this morning. Curious about your thought between CNR and CP? Why do you think CNR is better than CP? For past few years, CP outperformed a lot than CNR. Regret to death that I have sold CP at $300 which I purchased around $200. I thought it was a very nice run and want to lock the profit. Turned out I left lots of money on the table.

    Feel I have enough Canadian Dividend Growth stocks for now. I am focusing on adding more US stocks, but they are all very expensive. Was tempted to add MSFT and AAPL the past week, but didn’t pull the trigger, now they are all back up………..

  35. Great list. I’m surprised Manulife (MFC) is not on here especially given their low PE and relatively high dividend yield compared to some of the names here. Would love to hear your thoughts on why you left it out. Cheers!

  36. CNR (and CP) will be around ..a long time. Covid has highlighted severely how much we depend on our freight rail lines and their network/partnerships with trucking lines for export and imports. Lest I sound too nationalistic as an investor, 1 pick of these rail lines is a good thing for porfolio….and for Canadian economy as a whole. Just to give an fragment example: there is worldwide shortage of new bikes and some parts. Just go into any bike shop. Of course, alot of manufacturing in Asia…and to get them to North America to meet consumer demands. Figure out the transport of bikes from across the ocean.

  37. Losing money with ENB for the last two years. Bought at peak January 2th 2019
    I do not see a future with it
    Near to recover initial investment. Will sell at that moment


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