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Written by Bryan Daly

Best Personal Loans Calgary (Online) 2020

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Compare the best lenders in this region

Provider Loan Amount Rate Term (Months) Rating
PayBright
- 0+ 2 - 60
-
Score-Up
$49.99 - $99.99 0% 12
$49.99 - $99.99
LendCare
- - Up to 60
-
ECN Capital
- - -
-
SimplyBorrowed
$500 - $5,000 - 12 - 24
$500 - $5,000
Pebble Cash
$350 - $1,000 - 2 - 12 weeks
$350 - $1,000
Refresh Financial
$1,600 - $25,000 9.47% - 20.07% APR 36 - 60
$1,600 - $25,000
GoPeer
$1,000 - $25,000 7.5% - 31.5% APR 36 - 60
$1,000 - $25,000
North’n Loans
$100 - $1,500 - -
$100 - $1,500
MDG
Up to $3,200 - -
Up to $3,200
Loan or Credit
$100 - $25,000 +4.9% -
$100 - $25,000
Flexiti Financial
- Up to 35% -
-
FinanceIT
$500 - $100,000  6.99% - 14.99% 12 - 240
$500 - $100,000
Diamond Financial Services
- - -
-
Climb
1800- 2900  15.99% 23 - 36
1800- 2900
Pylo Finance
$500 - $15,000 15.99 - 39.99% 6 - 60
$500 - $15,000
Fresh Start Finance
Up to $15,000 29.99% - 46.96% 9 - 60
Up to $15,000
Marble
Up to $20,000 19.44% and 31.90% 36 - 84
Up to $20,000
Money Mart
$1,000 - $15,000 19.90% - 46.90% 12 - 60 
$1,000 - $15,000
Private Loan Shop
$500 - $50,000 15 - 30% -
$500 - $50,000
Progressa
$1,000 - $15,000 19% - 46.95% 6 - 60 
$1,000 - $15,000
My Canada Payday
Up to $1,500 15% - 19% 14 days
Up to $1,500
Mr. Payday
$100 - $1,500 15% - 17% 14 -31 days
$100 - $1,500
Money Provider
$500 - $1,000 28% - 32% -
$500 - $1,000
Loan Express
- - 14 days
-
Loan Away
Up to $5,000 19.9% - 45.9% APR 6 - 36
Up to $5,000
Lendful
$5,000 - $35,000 9.9%+ APR 36 - 60
$5,000 - $35,000
LendDirect
Up to $15,000 19.99% APR Open-end
Up to $15,000
Health Smart Financial Services
$300 - $25,000 7.95%+ 36 - 60
$300 - $25,000
GoDay
$100 - $1,500 - 14 days
$100 - $1,500
iCash
Up to $1,500 15% - 23% -
Up to $1,500
Focus Financial Inc.
Up to $1,500 Up to 59% APR 14 days
Up to $1,500
FlexFi
$2,500 + - -
$2,500 +
Eastern Loans
$500 - $1,000 28% - 32%  3 -5
$500 - $1,000
DMO Credit
$300 - $1,000 38% APR 3 - 4
$300 - $1,000
Credit 700
$500 - $1,000 28% - 32%  4 - 5
$500 - $1,000
Credit2Go
$250 - $1,000 29% APR 3 - 4
$250 - $1,000
Ledn
$500 - $1,000,000 12% 12
$500 - $1,000,000
ATB Financial
Up to $5,000 - 12 - 60
Up to $5,000
Amber Financial
$1,000 - $50,000 4.6% – 49.96% 3 - 60 
$1,000 - $50,000
Affirm Financial
$300 - $7,500 29.9% - 39.9% 6 - 60
$300 - $7,500
310 Loan
$50 - $1,500 - 14 days
$50 - $1,500
Ferratum
$2,000 - $10,000 18.9% - 54.9% 12 - 60
$2,000 - $10,000
SkyCap Financial
$500 - $10,000 12.99% – 39.99% 9 – 36
$500 - $10,000
Fast Access Finance
$500 – $10,000 Starting at 9.90% 12 - 36
$500 – $10,000
Fairstone
Up to $35,000 26.99% – 39.99% 6 - 60
Up to $35,000
Consumer Capital Canada
$500 - $12,500 19.99%+ 12 - 60
$500 - $12,500
Lamina
Up to $1000 30% 3 - 5
Up to $1000
Loans SOS
Up to $5,000 60% 6 - 60
Up to $5,000
Cashco Financial
Up to $7,000 - 6 – 60
Up to $7,000
UrLoan
$500 - $2,500 29% - 46.95% 6 - 36
$500 - $2,500
Loan Me Now
$500-$1000 28%-32% 3
$500-$1000
Captain Cash
$500 – $750 28% – 34.4% 3
$500 – $750
BC Loans
$500 – $750 23% - 34.4% 3 – 12
$500 – $750
Urgent Loans
$300 - $1500 27% - 35% 3 - 4
$300 - $1500
easyfinancial
$500 - $35,000 29.99% – 46.96% 9 - 60
$500 - $35,000
Mogo Finance
$300 – $35,000 5.9% to 47.72% 24 - 60
$300 – $35,000
Cash Money
$50 – $10,000 - Up to 62 days
$50 – $10,000
Borrowell
$1,000 - $35,000 5.99% to 29.19% 36 - 60
$1,000 - $35,000
Magical Credit
Up to $20,000 19.99% - 46.8% 6 - 60
Up to $20,000
Speedy Cash
Up to $1,500 15% - 23% 14 days
Up to $1,500
Provider Loan Amount Rate Term (Months) Rating
Core Capital Group Inc
- - -
-
BarterPay
- 0.9% - 12% 6 months - 5 years
-
Clearbanc
$10,000 - $10,000,000 6% - 12.5% -
$10,000 - $10,000,000
GE Capital
- - -
-
We Can Financial
- - -
-
Wajax Equipment
- - -
-
Key Equipment Financing
- - -
-
Corl
$10,000 - $1,000,000 - -
$10,000 - $1,000,000
Yellowhead Equipment Finance Ltd
- - -
-
Specialty Truck Financing
- - -
-
Travelers Financial
- - -
-
Peel Financial
- - -
-
Pioneer Financial Services
$5,000 - $1,000,000 - -
$5,000 - $1,000,000
Polaris Leasing
- - -
-
Patron West
- - -
-
Payability
up to $250,000 - -
up to $250,000
Planet Financial
- - -
-
Rise
Up to $10,000 - -
Up to $10,000
Merchant Growth
$5,000 - $500,000 - 6 - 18 months
$5,000 - $500,000
Onesta
- - -
-
Lionhart Capital
$10,000- $30,000,000 Min 4.95% -
$10,000- $30,000,000
Lift Capital
- - 12 - 120
-
Leaseline
- - 24 to 60
-
Lease Direct
- - -
-
John Deere
- - -
-
Hitachi Capital Canada
- - -
-
Guardian Leasing
- - -
-
Export Development Canada
- - -
-
Essex Lease Financial Corporation
- - -
-
Equilease
- - -
-
Alliance Financing Group LTD
$5,000 - $150,000 15% + 6 - 24
$5,000 - $150,000
CanaCap
Up to $250,000 - -
Up to $250,000
CLE Capital
- - -
-
Canada Equipment Loan
- - -
-
SharpShooter Funding
$5,000 - $150,000 5.49% - 22.79% 12 - 60
$5,000 - $150,000
First West Credit Union
$500,000 - $10,000,000 - -
$500,000 - $10,000,000
ATB Financial
Up to $5,000 Prime +7% or 8% 36 - 60
Up to $5,000
Meridian Credit Union
Up to $35,000 - -
Up to $35,000
Laurentian Bank of Canada
Up to $250,000 - Up to 10 years
Up to $250,000
HSBC Bank Canada
- - -
-
National Bank
Up to $1,000,000 - -
Up to $1,000,000
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC)
$10,000+ - Up to 15 years
$10,000+
Scotiabank
Up to $1,000,000 -   Up to 15 years
Up to $1,000,000
Bank of Montreal (BMO)
Up to $500,000 - Up to 10 years
Up to $500,000
Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)
$5,000 - $10,000 - Up to 7 years
$5,000 - $10,000
CWB National Leasing
$3,500+ - -
$3,500+
Money in Motion
$10,000 - $1,000,000 4% - 14% 12 - 84
$10,000 - $1,000,000
Lease Link
Up to $75,000 - Up to 18
Up to $75,000
FundThrough
$500-$50,000 0.5% weekly 12 week cycles
$500-$50,000
Econolease Financial Services Inc.
$1,000 - $1,000,000 6% - 20% -
$1,000 - $1,000,000
Easylease Corp
Up to $5,000,000 4.5% 24 - 72
Up to $5,000,000
Dynamic Capital
- - -
-
Capify
$5,000 - $200,000 - -
$5,000 - $200,000
Canadian Equipment Finance
$50,000 - $12,000,000 - 24 - 96
$50,000 - $12,000,000
Capital Key
$5,000 - $1,000,000+ - 1 - 60
$5,000 - $1,000,000+
Cashbloom
$5,000 - $1,000,000 - 3 - 24
$5,000 - $1,000,000
BFS Captial
$5,000 - $5,000,000 - 4 - 18
$5,000 - $5,000,000
BDC
Up to $100,000 6.05% + 60
Up to $100,000
Baron Finance
$10,000+ 18% - 22% -
$10,000+
B2B Bank
$10,000 - $300,000 4.70% - 5.45% -
$10,000 - $300,000
AOne Financial Solutions
Up to $5,000,000 5% - 10% 12 - 60
Up to $5,000,000
Borrowell
$1,000 - $35,000 5.6% – 25.5% 36 – 60
$1,000 - $35,000
iCapital
$5,000 - $250,000 - 3-18
$5,000 - $250,000
Lendified
$5,000 - $150,000 - 3 - 24
$5,000 - $150,000
IOU Financial
$5,000 – $100,000 15% + 12 – 18
$5,000 – $100,000
Company Capital
$5,000 – $100,000 Starting at 6.87% 3 – 18
$5,000 – $100,000
OnDeck
$5,000-$250,000 8% - 29% APR 6 - 18
$5,000-$250,000
Lending Loop
$5,000 – $500,000 Starting at 5.9% 3 – 60
$5,000 – $500,000
SkyCap Financial
$500 - $10,000 12.99% – 39.99% 9 – 36
$500 - $10,000
Thinking Capital
Up to $300,000 - -
Up to $300,000
Provider Loan Amount Rate Term (Months) Rating
Go Auto
- - 12 - 96
-
Eden Park
- - -
-
WeFinanceCars
- + 4.9% -
-
Walker Financial Services
- - -
-
Rifco
- - -
-
National Powersports Financing
- - -
-
LMG Finance
- - -
-
Loans2Go
- - -
-
iA Auto Finance
- +8.99% -
-
Gamache Group
- - -
-
Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)
$5,000 - $10,000 - up to 84
$5,000 - $10,000
Laurentian Bank of Canada
Up to $250,000 - 12 - 60
Up to $250,000
National Bank
Up to $1,000,000 - up to 96
Up to $1,000,000
Desjardins
Up to $100,000 - 6 - 96
Up to $100,000
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC)
$10,000+ - 12 - 96
$10,000+
Scotiabank
Up to $1,000,000 - up to 96
Up to $1,000,000
Daimler Truck Financial
- - up to 72
-
DealerPlan Financial
- - -
-
Coast Capital
- - -
-
Canada Auto Finance
$5000 - $45,000 4.90 % - 29.95% APR 36 - 72 
$5000 - $45,000
Credit River Capital Inc
- - -
-
Capital Trust Financial
- - -
-
Canadian Truck Loan
- - -
-
Canada Car Loans
- - -
-
Calmont Leasing
- - -
-
Car Loans Canada
$7500 - $59,995 3.95% + 12 - 96
$7500 - $59,995
Car Creditex
- Up to 49.9% -
-
Auto Capital Canada
- - -
-
Carfinco
- - Up to 84
-
Canada Drives
$500 - $35,000 $29.99% – 46.96% 9 - 60
$500 - $35,000
Prefera Finance
Up to $30,000 - -
Up to $30,000
Approve Canada
- - -
-
2nd Chance Automotive
- 4.2%+ -
-
SkyCap Financial
$500 - $10,000 12.99% – 39.99% 9 – 36
$500 - $10,000
Splash Auto Finance by Rifco
Up to $50,000 - -
Up to $50,000
Carloans411
$5,000 – $40,000 - 12 – 72
$5,000 – $40,000
AutoArriba
- - Maximum 84
-
Provider Loan Amount Rate Term (Months) Rating
Instant Loans Canada
$1,000 - $35,000 - 24 - 60
$1,000 - $35,000
Fast Access Finance
$500 – $10,000 Starting at 9.90% 12 - 36
$500 – $10,000
BHM Financial
Up to $25,000 - 12 - 60
Up to $25,000
Provider Loan Amount Rate Term (Months) Rating
Mortgage Alliance
- 2.74% - 6.30% 12 - 120
-
Paradigm
- - -
-
Verico
- - -
-
True North Mortgage
- 2.64% - 4.45% 12 - 120
-
Tangerine
$50,000+ 2.74% - 3.49% 12- 120
$50,000+
Think Financial
- - 36 - 60
-
Turnedaway
- - -
-
REICO
- - -
-
Motusbank
- 2.79% - 6.00%  6 - 60 
-
Mortgage Architects
- 2.74% - 3.70% 6 - 120
-
IntelliMortgage
- - -
-
Invis
- 2.69% - 3.95% 6 - 120 
-
Equitable Bank
$25,000 - $800,000 4.59% - 5.64% 6 - 60
$25,000 - $800,000
Dominion Lending Center
- - -
-
Fisgard Asset Management
- -- -
-
First National
- 2.84% - 7.30% -
-
CMLS Financials
$100,000 - $750,000 - 12 - 120
$100,000 - $750,000
CHIP Reverse Mortgage
min 25,000 4.99% - 5.59% 6 - 60
min 25,000
CanWise
- 2.23% - 4.45% -
-
Centum
- 2.89% - 3.79% -
-
Broker Financial Group Inc.
- 2.41% - 3.84% -
-
Bridgewater Bank
- - -
-
Alpine Credits
- - -
-
Provider Services Rating
BDO
Credit Counselling, Bankruptcy, Consumer Proposal
Credit Counselling, Bankruptcy, Consumer...
MNP
Personal Bankruptcy, Consumer Proposal
Personal Bankruptcy, Consumer Proposal...
Full Circle Debt Solutions Inc
Credit Counselling, Debt Management Program
Credit Counselling, Debt Management Prog...
Consolidated Credit
Credit Counselling, Debt Management Program
Credit Counselling, Debt Management Prog...
4Pillars
Debt Restructuring, After Care - Credit Rebuilding Program, Corporate Debt Restructuring
Debt Restructuring, After Care - Credit ...

Most adults living in Calgary will need to, at one point in their lives, apply for a loan. There are mortgages to buy houses, auto loans to buy cars and, of course, personal loans for all sorts of other expenses. Personal loans, one of the most versatile types of loans, come in the form of a one time deposit from your lender. 

Here are just a few expenses you can pay for with the help of the right personal loan:

  • Vacations and travel-related expenses.
  • Repairs/general maintenance on your home or vehicle
  • Renovations/additions to your house or other real estate property.
  • Repeating costs (groceries, utilities, insurance, taxes, etc.)
  • Expensive purchases (furniture, appliances, etc.)
  • Medications, elective surgeries, and other medical issues that aren’t covered by your health insurance.

If you’re a Calgary resident and are interested in more information about applying for a personal loan in the province, we have all the information you need.

Applying for a Personal Loan in Calgary

Some people find the personal loan application process to be a bit tricky, but it doesn’t have to be that way for you. When you’re about to apply for a personal loan, the key is to be prepared for the process using some of these simple steps:

1. Compare Lenders in Calgary

Unfortunately, there are many predatory lenders across the province and country that will try to take advantage of you by charging ridiculously high-interest rates and fees. There are also many scam artists posing as lenders to steal your financial information. So, it’s essential that you research multiple lenders and make sure they are legitimate and gave a good reputation.

Need some debt relief from predatory loans? Look for it here.  

2. Organize Your Finances

Before applying for a personal loan in Calgary, ask your lender what factors of an applicant’s financial profile they typically examine during the application process. This will often include your bank/income statements, personal information, debt history, etc. Have these elements updated and ready to go to make the process smoother. Show your lender that you’re dedicated and ready for the responsibility of a personal loan.

Here’s what your bad credit lender will look at when assessing your loan eligibility.  

3. Request Your Credit Report

As a Canadian credit user, you are entitled to one free annual copy of your credit report (you can always request another copy for a small price). Since your lender may also check your credit, it’s best to go through your report and check it for errors that might be harming your credit score.

4. Evaluate Your Assets

Living in a large city like Calgary, you likely own a vehicle. Offering it (or another valuable asset) up as collateral, is a huge help when you have bad credit, want a lower interest rate or a larger loan amount. While your lender will perform their own evaluation of your assets, getting a professional to appraise them beforehand is a good way to ensure that you’re getting a good deal. However, your lender will hold the rights to your asset until your loan is fully paid off, meaning it could be repossessed if you default on too many payments.

Has your car been repossessed? Click here to learn how you can get another car loan.   

5. Find a Cosigner

Another optional but helpful thing to do before you apply is to find a trustworthy and financially strong borrower to co-sign your loan application. This is another way to receive a lower rate and a higher loan amount when bad credit or an unfavorable income prevents you from approval. Be sure to inform them about the risks of being a cosigner, namely that the responsibility of the loan will fall to them if you can’t afford your payments. This can damage their credit/finances if they also default.

Canadian Credit ScoreCheck out this infographic to learn more about how your credit score is calculated. 

The Minimum Credit Score Required For a Personal Loan in Calgary

While some lenders in Calgary don’t perform credit checks during the approval process, this may not be the case for your personal loan. Depending on the size of your loan and your lender’s standards, your credit score (ranging from 300-900), may need to be 650 or above to receive the best chances of approval and the lowest interest rates available.

Don’t understand your credit score or credit rating? Take a look at this.  

If your score is lower than that, don’t give up, approval is still possible. However, your interest rate may be higher due to the fact that a low score may signify to your lender that you are a risky borrower. That higher rate could cause you severe debt in the long run, so consider improving your credit score before you apply.

When a Personal Loan Helps Your Credit Score

Speaking of credit score improvement, did you know that you can use your personal loan for that purpose? That’s right, your credit will be affected positively if you take the proper precautions, such as:

  • Choose a lender in Calgary that will report your progress to Equifax or TransUnion
  • Pay your other outstanding debts before applying
  • After your debts are paid, reevaluate your income and savings
  • Calculate your potential interest rate and payments
  • Make all your loan payments on schedule
  • Avoid non-essential debts until your personal loan is completely paid

Looking for some debt management tips? Check this out.

Getting Approved For a Personal Loan in Calgary

As we said, your personal loan approval chances and interest rate will depend on various elements, like your lender’s policies and your credit score. If you’re requesting a relatively large amount (some personal loans in Calgary can be up to $100,000) your lender might examine your:

  • Gross monthly/yearly income
  • Recent bank statements
  • Employment record, including your previous and current jobs
  • Credit rating, payment history, and credit report as a whole
  • Overall ability to afford your personal loan costs
  • Offering of security/collateral (if necessary)
  • Co-signer’s financial strength (if necessary)

If you’re approved, you’ll likely receive your personal loan funds through direct bank deposit. You can then negotiate a payment plan that works for your finances.

Personal Loans Application Check List

When a Personal Loan Beats a Credit Card

Just like any major city, Calgary can be an expensive place to live which means you likely have a wide variety of expenses to cover throughout the year. So, if your expenses are closer to the $1,000-$5,000 range, you might be wondering if a credit card is a better payment method. After all, your credit limit may be high enough.

Credit cards are usually more efficient when:

  • You’re buying unnecessary items, such as consumer goods
  • You’d like to easily build credit through timely, full payments
  • You take advantage of certain benefits (free plane ticket cancellation, points, etc.)
  • You’d like the option of making minimum monthly payments (try not to make this a habit, as you could get stuck in the minimum payment trap).
  • Your monthly income is large enough to cover your monthly bills and still have some money remaining for your savings

Look here to see what happens when you stop paying your credit card bill.

Personal loans, on the other hand, maybe more beneficial in Calgary when:

  • You have much larger expenses to cover
  • You’d prefer to know exactly how much your loan payments will cost
  • You want less risk of theft, fraud, overspending, etc.
  • You’re more comfortable with a set loan amount and payment date, rather than a revolving credit limit
  • You want to avoid higher interest rates and credit card debt
  • You want the option of offering collateral in exchange for even lower rates.

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If you’re a Calgary credit user and you’re looking for the best personal loan in town, Loans Canada can help. When you apply with us, you’ll be quickly introduced to the right lender for your personal and financial needs.

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