I have always known that when we meet with someone we go into the process believing that a consumer proposal is unique to the individual. To emphasize the point, I decided to review 18 consumer proposals that have been filed in our Windsor & Leamington offices in a 60 day period to see just how different each scenario really was. It was an interesting exercise in which I confirmed that each proposal was as unique as…
Consumer Proposal: Canada's #1 Alternative to Bankruptcy
A consumer proposal is the only debt settlement program administered by the federal government. It was introduced into the Bankruptcy & Insolvency Act as an alternative to bankruptcy for individuals who are struggling with debt payments but do not want to file bankruptcy.
A consumer proposal gives you protection from your creditors while you make a deal to repay a portion of your debts. You pay only what you can afford. Your creditors get more than they would in a bankruptcy. It’s a win-win for both you and your creditors.
The only way to file a Consumer Proposal is through a licensed Consumer Proposal Administrator. Your administrator is also a licensed bankruptcy trustee since both procedures are governed by the federal government through the Bankruptcy & Insolvency Act. If your counsellor is not a trustee, they cannot file a Consumer Proposal for you.
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Avoid Filing Bankruptcy – Compare Your Options
You don’t want to go bankrupt but are confused about your options. Each have different advantages and disadvantages and we recommend you compare each alternative carefully to see which might be best for you. In Canada, you may choose to consolidate your debts through a debt consolidation loan, refinance with a second mortgage, talk to a credit counsellor about a Debt Management Plan or settle your debts through a Consumer Proposal.
A Consumer Proposal Administrator is required by law to discuss all of these alternatives with you.
Compare Your Options
Most consumer proposals are filed by one person, but it is possible to file a joint consumer proposal. We will start with the assumption that you are eligible to file a consumer proposal and that this is the best debt relief solution. Whether or not you should file a consumer proposal jointly, or individually, depends on the circumstances. Joint Proposals are for Joint Debts A joint proposal can be filed where two people have debts that…
While the rate varies by province and year, more than 4 in every 1,000 Canadians get out of debt by filing insolvency each year in Canada. In 2013 alone, almost 123,000 people utilized the protection provided in the Bankruptcy & Insolvency Act to eliminate their debt and gain a new start. For many however, bankruptcy is not the final solution. In 2013 42% of insolvent debtors chose a consumer proposal as their debt relief solution….