More Manitobans seeking help to manage debt-load by WINNIPEG FREE PRESS, Winnipeg, Manitoba

The chickens are coming home to roost for a growing number of debt-ridden Manitobans.

There has been a 20 per cent increase in the first half of this year in the number of Manitobans seeking help from the Credit Counselling Society (CCS) -- a non-profit agency that helps Western Canadians find solutions to their financial and debt problems.

And it's a similar story at Community Financial Counselling Services (CFCS), another non-profit. It has seen a 12 per cent increase in the number of consumers seeking help, and that's on top of a 20 per cent increase in 2009.

"We have seen that debt problems have been rising in Manitoba, not only by the amount of people we help, but also by the amount of debt people have," said Christi Quinn, a credit counsellor in CCS's Winnipeg office. "That really flies against the notion that the recession is over."

Quinn said she's also noticed . . . (Read More)