If you find yourself only able to make the minimum payments on your credit cards or you’re using one loan to pay off another, it may be time to take action on your debt. The good news is you can build a 5-year debt repayment plan by filing a consumer proposal. We’ve detailed below exactly what you need to be doing for the next 5 years to accomplish your debt repayment goal. Make your debt-free…
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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Debt Settlement in Canada
You don’t want to go bankrupt but are confused about your options to deal with your debt. In Canada, you might choose to consolidate your debts through a debt consolidation loan, talk to a credit counsellor about a Debt Management Plan or settle your debts through a Consumer Proposal. There are also many unlicensed debt consultants out there advertising proposals. How do you know what option is safe and right for you?
A Consumer Proposal Administrator is required by law to discuss all of these alternatives with you. Read more in our article comparing debt settlement options across Canada
Debt consultants advertise that they can settle your debts for a fraction of what you owe, all while promising to stop collection calls and wage garnishments. What they don’t say is that they are advertising the exact same service that only a Licensed Insolvency Trustee can administer: a consumer proposal. A consumer proposal is a legal arrangement between you and your creditors where you agree to repay a portion of your debt. Although, the amount offered to…
If you are thinking about filing a consumer proposal there are 5 things you should know. 1. A Consumer Proposal is Court Approved Once it is filed, collection actives against you stop and any wage garnishments stop (with limited exceptions such as child support). If you deal with your debt through other methods such as credit counselling or debt settlement, the creditors can still continue court actions. 2. A Bankruptcy Trustee Must Administer a Consumer…