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Provider Loan Amount Rate Term (Months) Rating
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% - 45.9% 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
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 ...

Taking out loans to pay for large expenses doesn’t have to be a major financial burden, but a rise in debt can put consumers in serious financial predicaments. In Canada, household debt has been on the increase over the recent past, with total debt surpassing the $1.7 trillion mark.

In the province of Alberta, average consumer debt hovers around nearly $28,000, much more than the national average of $22,125. And residents of Fort McMurray are contributing a great deal towards the province’s debt with a hefty average debt of $37,345.

Considering this amount, it may come as no surprise that Alberta’s delinquency rate continues to increase. With more debt comes a higher risk of defaulting on loan payments, placing Albertans in a vulnerable financial position.

The True Cost of BorrowingCheck out this infographic to learn about the true cost of borrowing. 

What is Consumer Debt?

Simply put, consumer debt is the amount of money that consumers owe their creditors for borrowing funds to pay for large expenses. Things like cars or furniture can be bought on credit, though their value does not appreciate over time. In fact, such items tend to lose value the moment they are taken home. Consumer debt can actually be somewhat helpful for those who seek to leverage borrowed money for investments that tend to appreciate over time and increase wealth, such as real estate.

For more information about consumer debt, click here.   

However, even taking out a mortgage that’s far beyond your financial means can make you more likely to fall behind on your mortgage payments and even potentially lose your home. While a certain amount of debt is often necessary, holding on to a great deal of debt can wreak havoc on your finances. If your income is not substantial enough to comfortably make your debt payments every month, you put yourself in a risky position to potentially default on your loan and end up being chased after by your creditors and even face bankruptcy.

Read this to learn how you can consolidate high-interest debt into your mortgage.  

How Does Credit Counselling Work in Alberta?

If you’ve found yourself struggling to manage all of your debt payments, credit counselling may be a viable option for you. This type of debt solution is ideal for consumers in Alberta who may have a great deal of debt but are not necessarily unable to make their payments.

Consumers in Alberta who would benefit most from credit counselling are those who have no more than $10,000 in debt because the help that this type of program can give is not designed as a debt settlement arrangement. Instead, credit counselling is meant to counsel consumers on how to effectively manage and pay down debt while negotiating with creditors to eliminate late fees and even reduce interest rates.

Those with a lot more than $10,000 in debt would probably benefit more from a debt settlement program that’s designed to lower principal amounts and therefore helps consumers reduce their debt in a shorter amount of time than credit counselling would be able to achieve.

Essentially, credit counselling involves:

  • Debt consultation – Your counsellor will help you come up with a strategy to help you get out of debt;
  • Budget creation – Coming up with a workable budget is the best way to get out – and stay out – of debt;
  • Negotiation with creditors – Your counsellor will work with your creditors to see if there is any way to reduce the interest rate or late fees.

Credit Counselling Vs. Debt Settlement

The main difference between credit counselling and debt settlement is that the former is more geared towards educating consumers and helping them to come up with a more workable and realistic budget and payment plan that will help them get out of debt.

It also involves counsellors speaking directly with creditors to come up with a more manageable loan amount. Changes like these generally don’t negatively affect credit scores, as long as payments continue to be made on time and in full each month.

The latter, on the other hand, is designed to settle a lower loan amount. Debt settlement usually involves negotiating reduced principal balances with lenders, which can often lead to the accounts being settled for less than what was specified in the original loan contract.

Read this to learn how you can qualify for debt settlement.

Unfortunately, loan accounts that are reported as being “settled” may have a negative effect on your credit score.

One of the biggest deciding factors on which route to choose will depend on how deep in debt you are and your ability to make your payments. If your debt load is extremely heavy and you’re on the verge of defaulting on your payments, debt settlement may be your better option.

On the other hand, if your income still allows you to continue to make payments – albeit with little difference in your debt load each month – credit counselling may be a better option.

Learn How to Tackle DebtLearn how to create your own debt repayment plan. Click here.

What to Look for in a Credit Counselling Agency

There are plenty of credit counselling services available in Alberta, all offering to help consumers with their debt. Given all the options out there, it can be daunting to choose the right service to work with. Unfortunately, while there are many credit counselling services that genuinely help consumers in Alberta, there are others that are out there to simply scam vulnerable targets.

So, how exactly do you choose the right credit counselling agency, and what should you look for? Here are a few ways to find a service that will likely be the most helpful and beneficial to you:

  • They don’t have any complaints on record with the Better Business Bureau (BBB)
  • They’re a non-profit organization
  • Their credit counsellors are licensed and qualified to assist you
  • They’ve been in business for a few years
  • They charge reasonable fees
  • The agency is nationally accredited
  • They’re open and willing to answer all of your questions

Asking all the right questions can help you identify which credit counselling agency is looking out for your best interests.

Here’s how to handle your first credit counselling session.  

Final Thoughts

Being in debt can be extremely stressful, but seeking help should never be thought of as a sign of weakness. The sooner you get some assistance ridding yourself of debt, the sooner you can find yourself on the path to financial freedom and credit counselling may be the perfect way to go about it. Be sure to ask all pertinent questions with a credit counselling agency or a financial advisor to see if this debt solution is right for you.

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