Bankruptcy Discharge Canada - Meet Requirements, Make Surplus Payments and Obtain Certificate

The Canadian bankruptcy discharge process or timeline can take 9 months for first time bankruptcies and up to 36 months for second time bankruptcies to complete.

Your trustee understands that you would like to obtain your bankruptcy discharge as quickly as possible, and will do all they can to help you do that successfully. Your cooperation is key to fulfilling your bankruptcy requirements.

Step 8: Report to the OSB - Trustee Petitions to Approve or Deny Bankruptcy Discharge

Sometimes a debtor’s actions, either before or during their bankruptcy, are cause for concern. Because your trustee is an officer of the Bankruptcy Court, it is up to them to alert the OSB to anything you have done that may jeopardize your application to be discharged from your bankruptcy. For example, something like maxing out your credit cards before declaring bankruptcy may make you ineligible for bankruptcy or make your application more difficult than it needs to be.

Step 9: The Bankruptcy Discharge Process - First Time and Second Time Bankruptcies

To be eligible for an automatic discharge, you must meet certain requirements.

For a first bankruptcy, you are eligible after 9 months if:

  • no one from the OSB office, your trustee or a creditor is opposing your discharge,
  • you have attended the required financial counselling sessions, and
  • you were not required to pay surplus income into your estate

If this was your first bankruptcy and you were required to make payments to your estate from your surplus income, you are eligible for an automatic discharge after 21 months if:

  • no one from the OSB office, your trustee or a creditor is opposing your discharge,
  • you have attended the required financial counselling sessions, and
  • you made your surplus income payments as required

Automatic Discharge - No Court Hearing | Confirmation Paperwork is Processed and Delivered

For a second bankruptcy, if surplus income payments are not required, the automatic discharge can take place after 24 months and with surplus income payments, after 36 months, providing all other conditions have been met.

For those who receive an automatic discharge, there is no Court hearing and your trustee will send you a copy of the paperwork (and discharge certificate) that confirms your discharge.

Discharge Certificate or Document

Keep your discharge certificate in a safe place. In the years following the completion of your bankruptcy process, you may want to apply for new credit or need to prove that you are no longer going through bankruptcy. Having your discharge document available to show that you have been discharged from bankruptcy can be necessary. 

Absolute, Conditional, Suspended or Refusal of Bankruptcy Discharge

If you aren’t granted an automatic discharge, the Bankruptcy Court will look at your circumstances. The Court will then make a decision and the result will be one of these 4 options:

  • an absolute discharge for debts included in your bankruptcy
  • a conditional discharge, which means that the Court will impose conditions or requirements on you. When you complete what the Court has stipulated, or a settlement has been reached, you are granted an absolute discharge.
  • a suspended discharge, which is an absolute discharge that doesn’t come into effect until a certain future date
  • the court can also refuse bankruptcy discharge

Common Questions About Bankruptcy Discharge and Life After Bankruptcy

Continue on to step 10: Life After Bankruptcy - Bright Financial Future - Rebuild credit, learn how to make smart financial decisions and begin to heal emotionally.

Get More Info About Bankruptcy Discharge or Contact Us for Debt Help and Bankruptcy Alternatives

If you would like more information about bankruptcy discharge check out the OSB website. If you are struggling to pay your debts and want to explore bankruptcy alternatives you can contact us to get get help determining your options. One of our Credit Counsellors will answer your questions and provide you with guidance and information so that you can make an informed decision. Contact us today by phone at 1-888-527-8999, by email or chat with us online right now.

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