If you're looking for the best dividend stocks to add to your portfolio today, you definitely need to look at Canadian Dividend Aristocrats.
Canadian Dividend aristocrats are popular, especially to newcomers looking to learn how to buy stocks.
What is a Canadian Dividend Aristocrat?
In order for a Canadian company to become a Canadian Dividend Aristocrat, it needs to meet the following criteria:
- A market cap of at least $300 million
- The company has increased the dividend for 5 consecutive years
- Must be listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and a member of the S&P Canada BMI
Be careful not to confuse the Canadian Dividend Aristocrats with the ones down south
It's considerably harder to become a Dividend Aristocrat in the United States. To be considered an aristocrat, a US listed company must have raised dividends for 25 straight years.
If we used this criteria to classify Canadian stocks as Dividend Aristocrats, the list below would be trimmed from 88 companies to 11.
And if we were to take it a step further to classify Dividend Kings, which are US listed companies that have raised dividends for 50 consecutive years, there wouldn't be a single stock on this list that makes it.
However, Fortis and Canadian Utilities, with growth streaks of 47 and 49 years respectively, are close to achieving that mark.
Who should invest in Canadian Dividend Aristocrats?
Because we're talking about consecutive years of dividend increases, dividend growth investors will naturally gravitate towards aristocrat stocks. Of note, they also love monthly dividend payers.
A stock with a long growth streak has provided compounding dividend growth to those who've invested in it, and the longer the growth streak, the more likely the company is to continue its growth moving forward.
These growth streaks come into play heavily when making investment decisions, especially those who want a consistent and growing dividend payment in retirement.
If you're looking at growth investing or even value investing, you may not find much use for this list.
However, there has been some strong dividend growth stocks that have also provided exponential growth in the form of stock appreciation to Canadian investors over the years, one in particular is Goeasy Limited (TSX:GSY).
Is there a Dividend Aristocrat ETF?
If you're not into picking individual stocks but want exposure to some of the best Canadian dividend stocks, you'll want to take a look at the iShares S&P TSX Canadian Aristocrats Index (TSX:CDZ). This aristocrat ETF has 88 holdings.
|1||Keyera Corp (KEY)||3.05|
|2||Smartcentres REIT (SRU.UN)||3.01|
|4||Pembina Pipeline (PPL)||2.75|
|5||Power Corporation (POW)||2.52|
|6||Canadian Natural Resources (CNQ)||2.27|
|7||Great-West Lifeco (GWO)||2.22|
|8||Fiera Capital (FSZ)||2.16|
|10||Exchange Income Corp (EIF)||2.14|
Canadian Dividend Aristocrat performance vs the Index
A lot of investors want to know if they purchase aristocrats will they outperform the market.
In order to compare whether or not dividend aristocrats here in Canada outperform the Toronto Stock Exchange, lets look at the overall returns since the inception of this TSX Canadian Dividend Aristocrats ETF and compare them to the index itself.
Along with this, we'll compare CDZ to the index it tracks, the Canadian Dividend Aristocrats Index, and we'll see that it has outperformed both by quite a wide margin!
Canadian Dividend Aristocrats by sector
Energy and financial stocks make up the bulk of the TSX Index (over 50%.) As such, when you're looking at this dividend aristocrats list, you'll notice the bulk of the companies are in one of these two sectors.
Unlike during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 when both financials and oil and gas were expected to struggle, the tune has changed and we're seeing a very strong resurgence in both sectors.
As a result, it's possible that Canadian Dividend Aristocrats could outperform moving forward in 2021, particularly those focused on the energy and financial sectors.
But with all that being said, lets get to our complete list of Canadian Dividend Aristocrats, first going over the particular sector makeup of this list.
Canadian Dividend Aristocrats List
As always, if we've missed any companies on this Canadian Dividend Aristocrats list, feel free to comment below. In total, there are 88 stocks on this list.
|Symbol||Market Cap||Payout Ratio||DGR Streak||5 Year Div Growth||Yield||Frequency||Sector|