Consumer confidence is up, hitting 82.1, up from 79.7 in May, and 79.1 a year ago, a Harris Decima survey found.
Almost half of respondents (48%) said they have a positive economic outlook for the next five years while 37% said it will be a time of unemployment and recession.
When it comes to personal finances, 21% of people said they're better off now than they were a year ago, while 12% said they are worse off.
"Canadians seem to want to believe that better times are ahead and even acknowledge that the economy — at least in abstract — is improving," Harris Decima chairman Allan Gregg said in a release Monday about the survey, which was conducted for Investors Group.
But, he added, most consumers said "they are not personally experiencing these gains."
The telephone survey of 2,000 Canadians was conducted Aug. 22 to Sept. 1 and has a margin of error of 2.2 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.