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Written by Lisa Rennie

Best Bankruptcy Ottawa (Online) January 2021

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Provider Loan Amount Rate Term (Months) Rating
Up to $50,000 2.00% – 46.96% 3-60 months
N/A (Intermediary)
Up to $50,000
Helium Loans
$500 - $50,000 6.99% - 46.99% 12 - 36
$500 - $50,000
LM Financial
$1,000 - $15,000 - -
$1,000 - $15,000
LM Credit
$500 – $15,000 + 25.99% 9 - 60
$500 – $15,000
FlexiLoans
$200 - $1,200 25% - 32%  -
$200 - $1,200
Prudent Financial Services
Up to $500,000 5.75% – 9.9% negotiable
Up to $500,000
Lendle
up to $2,000 0% -
up to $2,000
PayBright
- 0+ 2 - 60
-
Moves Financial
$2,500 15.65% AIR 13 - 26
$2,500
Score-Up
$49.99 - $99.99 0% 12
$49.99 - $99.99
LendCare
- - Up to 60
-
X-bankers
$5,000+ - Up to 60
$5,000+
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
Instant Payday Canada
- 15% - 19% -
-
Flexiti Financial
- Up to 35% -
-
Financeit
$500 - $100,000  6.99% - 14.99% 12 - 240
$500 - $100,000
- -
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
Payday King
$100 - $1,000 546% APR 14 days
$100 - $1,000
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
-
Meridian Credit Union
Up to $35,000 5.15%+ -
Up to $35,000
Loan Away
Up to $5,000 19.9% - 45.9% APR 6 - 36
Up to $5,000
Loan & Go
$250 -$1,250 29% 3 - 6
$250 -$1,250
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
Capital Cash
$100 - $1,000 546% APR 14 days
$100 - $1,000
Cash 4 You
$1,000 -$15,000 46.93%  12 - 60
$1,000 -$15,000
Credit 700
$500 - $1,000 28% - 32%  4 - 5
$500 - $1,000
Credit Club
$100 - $1,500 90% - 390% APR 14 days
$100 - $1,500
Credit2Go
$250 - $1,000 29% APR 3 - 4
$250 - $1,000
Ledn
$500 - $1,000,000 12% 12
$500 - $1,000,000
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
Newstart Canada
Up to $20,000 19% - 49% 36 - 48
Up to $20,000
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 Financial
$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
Lending Mate
$2,000 – $10,000 34.9% – 43% 12 - 60
$2,000 – $10,000
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
514 Loans
Up to $3,000 22% - 35% 3 - 4
Up to $3,000
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
CashMoney
$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
Provider Loan Amount Rate Term (Months) Rating
Up to $50,000 2.00% – 46.96% 3-60 months
N/A (Intermediary)
Up to $50,000
Helium Loans
$500 - $50,000 6.99% - 46.99% 6 - 36
$500 - $50,000
Accelerated Payments
- - -
-
Loop
- -
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
SNAP Financial Group
- - -
-
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
- - -
-
Toronto Truck Loan 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 Fee-Based: Starting at 9% 12 - 60
$5,000 - $150,000
First West Credit Union
$500,000 - $10,000,000 - -
$500,000 - $10,000,000
PACE Credit Union
- Competitive -
-
Meridian Credit Union
Up to $35,000 - -
Up to $35,000
DUCA Credit Union
- - -
-
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
Desjardins
Up to $100,000 - -
Up to $100,000
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 Line Capital
$5,000+ 4.9% - 24.99% 18 - 48
$5,000+
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
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
Up to $50,000 2.00% – 46.96% 3-60 months
N/A (Intermediary)
Up to $50,000
Advantagewon
- - -
-
Helium Loans
$500 - $50,000 - 24 - 60
$500 - $50,000
Go To Loans
$500 - $10,000 + 29.95% up to 48
$500 - $10,000
Alphera Financial Services
- - -
-
Go Auto
- - 12 - 96
-
Eden Park
- 11.9% - 22.9% Up to 84
-
Auto Loan Solutions
- 0% - 29.5% -
-
WeFinanceCars
- + 4.9% -
-
Walker Financial Services
- - -
-
Rifco
- - -
-
National Powersports Financing
- - -
-
LMG Finance
- - -
-
Loans2Go
- - -
-
Leisure Trailer Sales
- - -
-
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
- - -
-
Canada Car Loans
- - -
-
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
Prudent Financial Services
Up to $500,000 5.75% – 9.9% negotiable
Up to $500,000
Dixie Auto Loans
- - -
-
Approve Canada
- - -
-
2nd Chance Automotive
- 4.2%+ -
-
Newstart Canada
Up to $20,000 19% - 49% 36 - 48
Up to $20,000
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
Up to $50,000 2.00% – 46.96% 3-60 months
N/A (Intermediary)
Up to $50,000
Instant Loans Canada
$1,000 - $35,000 - 24 - 60
$1,000 - $35,000
Newstart Canada
Up to $20,000 19% - 49% 36 - 48
Up to $20,000
Fast Access Financial
$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
Up to $50,000 2.00% – 46.96% 3-60 months
N/A (Intermediary)
Up to $50,000
Prudent Financial Services
Up to $500,000 5.75% – 9.9% negotiable
Up to $500,000
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 
-
Northwood Mortgage
- 2.74% - 4.45% 12 - 120
-
Matrix Mortgage Global
- - -
-
Mortgage Architects
- 2.74% - 3.70% 6 - 120
-
Finser Mortgages
- 2.79% - 4.45% -
-
IntelliMortgage
- - -
-
Invis
- 2.69% - 3.95% 6 - 120 
-
Manzil
up to 4,000,000 3.49% - 5.49% 12 - 300
up to 4,000,000
Equitable Bank
$25,000 - $800,000 4.59% - 5.64% 6 - 60
$25,000 - $800,000
Dominion Lending Center
- - -
-
Fisgard Asset Management
- -- -
-
First National Financial LP
- 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% -
-
Capital Direct
$10,000 - $1,500,000 Varies 12 - 24
$10,000 - $1,500,000
Canadalend.com
- - -
-
Broker Financial Group Inc.
- 2.41% - 3.84% -
-
Bridgewater Bank
- - -
-
Alpine Credits
- - -
-
Provider Services Rating
Debt Consolidation Program, Debt Settlement Program, Consumer Proposal, Bankruptcy Consultation
N/A (Intermediary)
Debt Consolidation Program, Debt Settlem...
BDO
Credit Counselling, Bankruptcy, Consumer Proposal
Credit Counselling, Bankruptcy, Consumer...
Raymond Chabot
Bankruptcy, Consumer Proposal
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 ...

While a certain amount of debt is manageable and even healthy for most consumers in Ottawa and Canada in general, excessive debt can be debilitating. When income is not sustainable enough to cover the cost of monthly bills and expenses, a downward spiral of debt will continue to worsen until something is done to stop it.

And while many consumers in Ottawa who find themselves with mounting debt may try their best to tackle the issue on their own, many do not find success, despite their best efforts. Unfortunately, many consumers in Ottawa end up having little recourse other than to file for bankruptcy.

Keep reading to find out everything there is to know about bankruptcy in Ottawa and whether or not it’s a path that you will have to take to deal with your debt issues.

What is Bankruptcy in Ottawa?

There are many avenues that consumers in Ottawa can take to deal with their debt, depending on how excessive their debt is. Bankruptcy is the last resort that is chosen only after all options have been exhausted. That’s because the repercussions of bankruptcy on a consumer’s financial health are rather serious and can negatively impact a person’s credit for years.

Bankruptcy in Ottawa is overseen by the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (BIA) and involves relieving consumers of their debt while helping ensure that all creditors involved are treated fairly.

When bankruptcy is filed for in Ottawa, the consumer involved agrees to surrender many valuable assets in exchange for protection against continued collection calls from creditors. Consumers can be immediately shielded from continued collection calls when bankruptcy is filed, though the consequences involved in exchange for such protection are typically hefty.

In order to file for bankruptcy, a Licensed Insolvency Trustee (LIT) will need to be involved. These are professionals in Ottawa who are designated to help carry out the bankruptcy process on behalf of the filing consumer.

Interested in more information about Licensed Insolvency Trustees? Click here.

Which Assets Do You Lose, and Which Ones Can You Keep?

While many valuable assets are typically surrendered with bankruptcy, that doesn’t mean that all assets are taken. Exemptions in Ottawa Ontario include:

  • Required clothing
  • Household furniture and appliances up to a value of $13,150
  • Tools and property required to sustain business operations up to a limit of $11,300
  • One motor vehicle up to a value of $6,600
  • Home equity if less than $10,000
  • RRSP and RRIF savings, not including contributions made over the most recent 12 months

Everything you need to know about bankruptcy court in Canada. Click here.

When is Bankruptcy Appropriate in Ottawa?

Bankruptcy should only be sought if all other options have been exhausted. This includes consumer proposals, debt consolidation, debt settlement, and credit counselling. If debt continues to be a dire situation, then bankruptcy may be a viable option for you in Ottawa.

More specifically, bankruptcy is best suited if you are:

  • Unable to keep up with your bill payments
  • Defaulting on your loans
  • Unable to earn any more income
  • Unable to solve your debt problems with other options

How Will Your Credit Score Be Impacted By Filing For Bankruptcy?

Bankruptcy has the heaviest negative impact on credit scores compared to all other debt relief options. Your credit score will certainly be hit hard after filing for bankruptcy in Ottawa.

More specifically, your credit report will be marked with an R9 credit rating, which is the worst credit rating you can get. It will remain noted on your credit report for at least six years after your bankruptcy has been discharged if this is your first bankruptcy. If this is not your first (click here for more information about second bankruptcies), bankruptcy will remain on your credit report for at least 14 years.

You won’t be able to improve your credit score until after the bankruptcy has been discharged and all of your obligations have been fulfilled.

Canadian Credit ScoreFor more information about what affects your credit score? Check out this infographic.

How to Improve Your Credit Score After Filing For Bankruptcy

While you can’t do anything about your credit score before the initial six years (or 14 years if this is not your first bankruptcy), you should absolutely take action once it has been discharged. Here are a few things you can do in Ottawa to improve your credit score following bankruptcy:

Pay your bills on time. Perhaps the most important thing you should do to improve your credit score is to make sure that all your bills are paid on time. Missing bill payments versus paying them on time has the biggest influence on your credit score, so make sure you’re diligent about bill payments.

Review your credit report. Go over your credit report (which you can get for free from one of the major credit bureaus once a year) and make sure it’s free of errors. If you find any mistakes, have them reported and rectified, as they could be artificially pulling your score down.

Be responsible with your spending. Now is probably not the best time to let your spending get out of control. Make sure to keep your spending in check so you don’t pile on more debt, which may have contributed to your woes before you filed for bankruptcy.

Save your money. Instead of spending your money at the mall in Ottawa, save it. Having a cash reserve to fall back on can really come in handy when big expenses creep up. This will give you a financial cushion to rely on rather than having to take out a loan to cover a pressing expense.

Apply for a secured credit card. While it might be difficult to get approved for new loans or credit with a bad credit score because of bankruptcy, a secured credit card should be relatively easy to get approved for. Having a secured credit card and using it responsibly can actually help you improve your credit score and even rebuild it from the ground up.

What Kind of Debt Can Bankruptcy Resolve in Ottawa?

Not all types of debt can necessarily be dealt with through bankruptcy. More specifically, bankruptcy in Ottawa only discharges unsecured debts, including credit card debt. Secured debts, however, cannot usually be dealt with through bankruptcy. The collateral that secured debt comes with will often become the property of the creditor if you can’t pay your debt.

For instance, if your home (a collateralized asset) is worth more than what you still owe on your mortgage, then much of the remaining equity may have to be surrendered, though not necessarily all of it.

Debts that bankruptcy can resolve include:

  • Credit card debt
  • Payday loans
  • Unsecured personal loans
  • Unsecured lines of credit
  • Medical bills
  • Taxes in arrears
  • Unpaid utility bills
  • Unpaid insurance premiums

Debts that may remain even after bankruptcy include:

  • Secured debt, such as mortgages
  • Fines
  • Child and/or spousal support
  • Court-awarded damages
  • Student loans under 10 years old
  • Debts from theft or fraud

Do you know the difference between secured and unsecured debt? Find out here.

How Much Does it Cost to File for Bankruptcy in Ottawa?

Anyone considering filing for bankruptcy in Ottawa should know that the process isn’t free. There is a cost associated with filing for bankruptcy, and the amount paid will depend on a number of factors, such as the following:

  • Base contribution. Your base contribution is mandatory and covers the administrative costs required to handle your estate. Generally speaking, you can pay anywhere around the $200 mark for this fee.
  • Surplus income. Your monthly income will be reviewed on a regular basis. If it goes over a certain limit, any excess will be classified as surplus income, which will have to be paid out.
  • Assets given up. The value of any assets that you end up having to surrender will be factored into the equation.

Alternatives to Bankruptcy in Ottawa

Bankruptcy in Ottawa is the last resort because of the impact it has on your credit and financial health, and should only be opted for after all other options have been considered. Before you file for bankruptcy, make sure you’ve looked at other alternatives, including the following:

Debt consolidation loan – If you have many different loans with high interest rates, they can not only be tough to manage but difficult to pay down.

A debt consolidation loan in Ottawa can replace all those loans and make your debt more affordable and easier to manage. With a debt consolidation loan, you would take out a bigger loan at a lower interest rate compared to the highest-rate debt on the books. The funds from the larger loan can then be used to pay off all other eligible debt.

Debt settlement program – With this option, you would work with a debt settlement company in Ottawa that will negotiate with your creditors to establish an agreement whereby you pay less than what you initially owe, or reduce the interest rate, or both. With this arrangement, your debt will be considered “settled” rather than “paid,” which could still have a negative effect on your credit score.

Consumer Proposal – If the above two options aren’t viable, a consumer proposal may be considered. With this option, a Licensed Insolvency Trustee in Ottawa will help you draft and submit a written proposal to your creditors to have the majority of your debt forgiven in exchange for paying a smaller amount toward the debt that you still owe. Again, this will also impact your credit score, though not as much as bankruptcy would.

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How Does Bankruptcy Differ From a Consumer Proposal?

While both bankruptcy and consumer proposals are meant to help alleviate your debt, they’re different in certain ways:

Assets –  As already mentioned, bankruptcy will involve you losing many of your valuable assets. But with a consumer proposal, your assets don’t have to be surrendered.

Cost – The cost associated with a consumer proposal simply involves your monthly payments made to the Licensed Insolvency Trustee until the agreed-upon debt amount is repaid. On the other hand, bankruptcy costs can fluctuate depending on your income.

Credit score – While both bankruptcy and consumer proposals will have a negative effect on your credit score, bankruptcy’s impact will be more significant.

For more information about filing a consumer proposal, take a look at this.

Is Bankruptcy Your Only Option?

If you’re drowning in debt, are unable to keep up with your payments, and have looked into all other alternatives, then bankruptcy may be your last resort. If you’re certain that bankruptcy is the next logical step, Loans Canada can help. We’ll connect you to a Licensed Insolvency Trustee  in Ottawa to help you determine if this is the right step for you to finally eliminate your mounting debt.

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