Everyone knows someone who’s tumbled over the debt cliff. Indeed, statistics detailing the sorry state of our collective financial management in this country tell a troubling tale. The total consumer debt by almost any measure you use continues to grow in Canada. While there are many individuals who are managing their debt load quite successfully, things can and do change quickly. Here are five of the most common reasons consumers get into trouble with debt and tip…
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.
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Consumer proposals are rarely rejected, however, if your creditors do reject your consumer proposal, all hope is not lost. When you file a consumer proposal, your creditors have 45 days to vote on whether they will accept the terms that you offered (this includes terms such as the payment amount and the length of the proposal) or reject those terms. Consumer proposals are accepted or rejected based on votes by your creditors. The voting system operates under…
Consumer proposals carry many potential advantages over bankruptcy, not the least of which is the ability to hold positions of trust while dealing with your debts. I meet with a lot of people who are self-employed – for the most part, they are involved in roofing, floor installation and trucking. In some cases they are involved in insurance or mutual fund sales. Most of these self-employed folks are set up as sole proprietors, rather than…