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5 of the Best Canadian Dividend Stocks in 2024

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Some Canadian stocks offer above-average dividends. The best companies that provide regular quarterly dividends tend to be on sound financial footing, with plenty of free cash flow. That makes it easier for them to handle economic downturns and keep rewarding shareholders.

The dividends they pay make it worthwhile for investors to hold onto these stocks for the long-term, because they’re receiving dividends even when the stock price falters. The dividends can then be reinvested in the same stock or used to buy the shares of other companies, but either way, they contribute to the total returns of an investment portfolio.

Our analysts have selected five high-dividend stocks, all of which trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX). These stocks all have dividends in the sweet spot – with yields above 4% but below 7%, making them safe and steady. All of their payout ratios are below 50% of free cash flow, meaning these dividends are well-covered and in little danger of getting cut any time soon. All five stocks are attractively priced, most with a price-to-earnings ratio of 10 or below. Read on to see our top picks.

Our top-ranked dividend stocks in Canada

Here’s a comparison of our five picks of the best Canadian dividend stocks:

Ticker on TSX


Performance YTD


Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce






Congeco Communications



Canadian Western Bank



Russel Metals


An in-depth look at these Canadian dividend stocks

Let’s take a quick look at each of the five stocks and what makes them good investments right now. These stocks are currently trading at a discount because their shares have struggled this year, but they all have managed to raise their dividend.

1. Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce: Average annualized 10-year return of 3.46%

The Toronto-based lender serves more than 14 million personal banking, business, public sector and institutional clients, mostly in Canada and the US. Canadian Imperial Bank (TSX: CM) operates in four segments. Its Canadian Personal & Business Banking has been responsible for 38% of the company’s revenue over the last 12 months, while Canadian Commercial & Wealth has brought in 30% and Capital Markets & Direct Financial Services has accounted for 34% of its earnings. The smallest segment was its US Commercial and Wealth segment at 3%.

In the second quarter, Canadian Imperial had revenue of CAD 6.16 billion ($4.52 billion), rising 8% year over year, and EPS of CAD 1.79, up 2% from the same year-earlier quarter. The gains were due to higher revenue from increased net interest margin, volume growth and the impact of an extra day in the quarter. These factors were offset in part by a higher provision for credit losses and higher expenses. CIBC saw particular growth in its US Commercial Banking and Wealth Management segment, with net income of CAD 93 million, up 73% year over year.

The company has increased its dividend at a compound annual growth rate of 5% over the past 15 years. Last year, it boosted its quarterly dividend by 3.4% to CAD 0.90, raising it for the 13th consecutive year. Its payout ratio is only 36.98%, so the dividend appears safe. It also spent $1 billion to buy back its shares from 2018 to 2023.

  • Sector: Banking 
  • Stock ticker: CM
  • Stock price (1-year change): 15.68%
  • Market capitalization: 46.62 billion CAD
  • Dividend yield (TTM): 5.36%

2. Fortis: Average annualized 10-year return of 5.3%

Based in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Fortis (TSX: FTS) is one of Canada’s largest utility holding companies with 10 independent electric and gas operations in Canada, the US, and the Caribbean serving 3.5 million customers. Its businesses are 99% regulated, so its growth is steady if not spectacular. 

In many cases, utility companies such as the ones controlled by Fortis are subject to the vagaries of the weather to raise or lower consumption by consumers. However, its diversification, spread across 18 jurisdictions, provides more stability than an average utility company.

Fortis just raised its quarterly dividend late last year by 4.4% to $0.59, the 50th consecutive year of dividend increases. It has said it plans to continue 4% to 6% average dividend growth for the next five years. That shouldn’t be difficult as the company has strong recurring revenue.

In the first quarter, net income rose to $459 million, or EPS of $0.93, from $437 million, or $0.90 a share in the same period last year. Its long-term goals include reducing direct greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2030. Fortis focuses on what it calls “low-risk” growth. Its above-average dividend, consistent dividend growth and low payout ratio of around 48% make it an easy choice for dividend investors. 

  • Sector: Utilities
  • Stock ticker: FTS
  • Stock price (1-year change): -4.56%
  • Market capitalization: 27.18 billion CAD
  • Dividend yield (TTM): 4.24%

3. Cogeco Communications: Average annualized 10-year return of -1.77%

The Montreal company provides internet, video and phone services to 1.6 million customers in North America. Cogeco Communications (TSX: CCA) just announced that it will streamline its business by combining its Canadian and US telecommunications units. This should allow it to build more efficient cross-border centers. The transition is set to take place by Sept. 1.

The shake-up should help Cogeco become more profitable. In the second quarter of 2024, revenue was down 0.08% year over year to CAD 731 million ($535.8 million) while EPS was CAD 2.20, up 0.5% from the same period a year ago.

It’s preparing to launch mobile services in the US this year under its Breezeline brand. Over the past 10 years, has grown its business with nine acquisitions of smaller broadband businesses.

Cogeco’s dividend and valuation makes it a keeper. The stock is trading at below seven times earnings and It has increased its dividend by 10% or more in each of the past 10 years. It raised its quarterly dividend by 10.1% late last year to CAD 0.854, lifting it for the 13th consecutive year. While it has the highest dividend yield of the five stocks in this report, its payout ratio is only 38%.

  • Sector: Telecommunications
  • Stock ticker: CCA
  • Stock price (1-year change): -18.05%
  • Market capitalization: 2.254 billion CAD
  • Dividend yield (TTM): 6.25%

4. Canadian Western Bank: Average annualized 10-year return of -1.42%

The bank and financial services company, based in Edmonton, is looking forward to potential rate cuts that would drive increased loan activity in the latter half of the year. Canadian Western Bank (TSX: CWB) is focusing on Ontario and what it says is an underserved mid-market commercial segment to grow its market share, which is concentrated mostly in Western Canada. It opened a banking centre in Toronto in the first quarter and plans to open another banking centre in Kitchener, Ontario this year to broaden its market.

The lender posted second-quarter net income of CAD 76 million ($55.5 million), up 9% year over year, and EPS of CAD 0.79, which rose 8% from the same period last year. Revenue increased by 8% year over year, to CAD 285.9 million. The loan portfolio grew 1% from the prior quarter, led by a 6% increase in general commercial loans. For the year, it estimates adjusted EPS of between CAD 3.50 and CAD 3.60, compared to CAD 3.58 in 2023.

Canadian Western has recently raised its quarterly dividend by 3% to CAD 0.35 and it is 6% more than it was the same time last year. It is well-covered with a payout ratio of 42.72%.

  • Sector: Banking 
  • Stock ticker: CWB
  • Stock price (1-year change): -0.71%
  • Market capitalization: 2.442 billion CAD
  • Dividend yield (TTM): 5.30%

5. Russel Metals: Average annualized 10-year return of 0.43%

The Mississauga, Ontario-based metals distribution firm caters to various segments, including service centers, energy field stores, and steel distributors. Russel Metals (TSX: RUS) has recently got approval for its acquisition of seven Western Canadian and US carbon plate Service Center locations from Samuel, Son & Co., Limited. The CAD 225 million ($164.4 million) deal expected to close in the third quarter. It expects that steel consumption will pick up because of onshoring and infrastructure spending in Canada and the US.

Its first quarter revenue and profit dropped from a year earlier. It posted revenue of CAD 1.06 billion, up 4% sequentially but down 10.6%, year over year. EPS was CAD 0.82, up 5% from the prior quarter, but down 17% from the same quarter a year ago. Much of the reason for the decline was lower sales volumes and selling prices. One positive is that the company increased its gross margin to 22.4%, compared to 21.3% in the fourth quarter of 2023 and 21.9% in the first quarter of 2023. 

The company remains focused on delivering an above-average dividend. It raised its dividend by 5% this year to CAD 0.42 ($0.30), lifting it for the second consecutive year. The payout ratio is only 40.25%, so it is well covered, leaving room for more growth. It also bought back $15 million of its shares in the quarter. Considering its potential growth and that it’s trading for less than nine times earnings, it appears to be a bargain.

  • Sector: Industrials
  • Stock ticker: RUS
  • Stock price (1-year change): 4.70%
  • Market capitalization: 2.283 billion CAD
  • Dividend yield (TTM): 4.26%

What is a dividend stock?

Dividend stocks are publicly traded companies that pay out a portion of their profits to shareholders on a regular basis. Dividends are usually paid on a quarterly basis, but can be paid on a monthly, annual or semiannual basis. Not all companies pay out a dividend as some prefer to reinvest all of their profits back into their businesses. The companies that do pay dividends are sharing their success with shareholders.

Dividends can be paid in cash or reinvested in additional shares of stock. A company’s board of directors makes the decision on what kind of dividend and how much will be paid out. The most important dates to be aware of are the payout date and the ex-dividend date. The ex-dividend date is the cut-off date to get paid the declared dividend and is usually one day before the record date — the day a list of eligible shareholders is compiled. To receive the dividend, you’ll need to be an eligible shareholder before the ex-dividend date.

Pros and cons of investing in Canadian stocks

The primary advantage to dividends is they can provide a steady stream of income. This is particularly attractive to any investor looking to make money off their investments without cutting into their capital and for that reason, dividend stocks are attractive to senior investors.

Another advantage to dividend investing is the companies that provide dividends are typically more stable and are usually profitable. That also means that their shares are generally less volatile and less prone to huge drops. Companies with steady dividends tend to attract long-term investors who are less likely to bail at the first sign of bad news.

One of the disadvantages of dividend investing is that dividend stocks, being more mature, tend to have slower growth than other stocks. On top of that, by not reinvesting all their profits into growth, their dividends can reduce the amount of money they put into mergers and acquisitions or research and development, both of which can help a company grow. It’s also worth noting that dividends are taxed as ordinary income, which can be less tax-efficient than taxes from capital gains that come with selling stocks. On top of that, it’s worth noting that dividends are not guaranteed and sometimes when a company does cut a dividend, it can send a stock into a downward spiral.

Canadian dividend stocks FAQs

How do I invest in Canadian dividend stocks?

There’s really no difference in the process of investing in dividend stocks compared to those that don’t have dividends. The step to investing in a dividend stock should begin with research. Check out the dividend yield for a stock and focus on companies with a history of maintaining or growing their dividends. Examine company reports to gauge a company’s financial health, especially to see how profitable it is and how capable it is of continuing to grow its dividend. 

Check on industry trends. Does the company have economic advantages against its competitors and are there patterns that could help companies in that industry increase sales and profits?

Take a look at stock screeners to compare stocks, as well as compare their financials, especially taking care to examine companies in the same industry. There are various stock tips services that can provide helpful information with your decision as well.

Why are dividend stocks popular?

Dividend stocks provide a level of security to investors, even during downward economic periods. If the overall market is headed downward, some stocks can buck that trend, but most won’t, particularly in a prolonged period of economic recession, such as the Great Recession from 2007 to 2009. However, dividends are generally still paid whether the overall market goes up or down.

In the long run, dividends, especially those that are reinvested, can increase how much you are paid back on your initial investment. Even if a stock doesn’t see much price appreciation, if it is offering a dividend, investors can predictably make money off their investments.

Do I need to pay tax on dividend stocks in Canada?

The short answer is yes. However, there are tax advantages to investing in Canadian dividend stocks. It makes sense to check with an adviser on the best tax strategy for you. However, there are some basic tax considerations.

Canadian Dividend Tax Credit: Canadian dividends are eligible for the dividend tax credit, which may reduce the amount of tax you pay on the dividends. This credit helps to offset some of the tax burden on these investments.

Tax Rates: The effective tax rate you pay on dividends depends on your marginal tax bracket. Due to the dividend tax credit, the tax rate on Canadian dividends is usually lower than your tax rate on other types of investment income, such as interest from a bank account.

Registered vs. Non-Registered Accounts: How dividends are taxed depends on whether you hold the stocks in a registered account (like an RRSP or TFSA) or a non-registered account. In a registered account, dividends may grow tax-deferred or tax-free, depending on the account type.

Methodology: How we made our picks

We looked for the stocks of stable, Canadian companies that have above-average dividend yields of 4% to 7% while still keeping their payout ratios below 50%, meaning that they all have room for continued dividend increases. We also looked for companies that were underpriced compared to their peers and could benefit from trends to see earnings growth this year.

We also sought companies that, though they provide a dividend, are still able to find avenues for growth. For example, Canadian Western Bank is broadening its market with new operations in Toronto and Kitchener, Ontario while Russel Metals just bought seven service centers that will allow it to grow sales. 

A key question was a company’s dedication to its dividend and all of the companies we chose have paid a quarterly dividend for more than a decade, led by Fortis’ history of 50 consecutive years of dividend increases.


Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce’  May investor presentation

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce’s second-quarter earnings report

Fortis first-quarter earnings report

Congeco announces new structure

Congeco second-quarter earnings report

Canadian Western Bank’s second-quarter earnings presentation

Russel Metals’ first-quarter earnings report