Bankruptcy Information Canada - Alternatives, Credit, Debt Help, Law, Process and Types
Useful information about declaring personal bankruptcy in Canada. Learn about the rules, laws, regulations, how to file, how bankruptcy affects credit, what happens to debts and more.
Declaring personal bankruptcy is the first thing many Canadians think of when they find themselves facing financial difficulty. However, bankruptcy is a big decision and one which will affect your credit for a number of years. There are a lot of alternatives to bankruptcy that many people don't think of right away, like a consumer proposal, debt settlement, debt consolidation and a debt management program to name a few.
While going bankrupt is a good decision for some people, it's not usually anyone's best first option when dealing with insolvency or debts. Two things to note are that there are costs associated when you apply for bankruptcy and your bankruptcy filing will become public record. It is in your best interest to be well informed before you make a serious decision about your financial future.
- Step 1: Find out if you need to declare personal bankruptcy
- Step 2: File paperwork with trustee
- Step 3: Your assets will be sold
- Steps 4 - 6: Creditors find out
- Step 7: Attend bankruptcy counselling sessions
- Steps 8 - 9: Reporting to OSB & ending discharge process
- Step 10: After bankruptcy discharge
- Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy
- Bankruptcy Trustee, Debtor and Creditor
- Bankruptcy VS Insolvency
- Bankruptcy Discharge
- Chapters 7, 11 and 13 - Bankruptcy Laws in the USA
Filing for Personal Bankruptcy in Canada
When you file for bankruptcy in Canada, it is a legal process. The goal is to help you deal with your debts. It is governed by the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act. When you claim bankruptcy, a licensed trustee in your province will fill out the forms, do the paperwork and guide you through the process. Once you have chosen to go bankrupt, there are a number of requirements you will need to complete in order to successfully obtain your discharge.
Bankruptcy rules vary by province, learn more about your province:
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Life After Bankruptcy - How Bankruptcy Affects Credit and How to Rebuild It
After someone has successfully obtained their discharge, they can work on rebuilding their credit rating. While there isn't a quick way to fix a credit rating, there are steps you can take to rebuild credit after bankruptcy. Things like refinancing, loans and mortgages are also different after going bankrupt. Read on for the details and what to expect from life after bankruptcy.
Common questions about bankruptcy in Canada:
- What is the definition of bankruptcy and what are the basics?
- How does bankruptcy work and what are the rules?
- Where can I get information on bankruptcy listings, notices and statistics?
- What is bankruptcy protection?
- Where can I get free bankruptcy help, advice or counselling?
- How does bankruptcy affect mortgages and student loans?
- How does filing for bankruptcy affect taxes?
- What is the difference between corporate and small business bankruptcy?
- How does bankruptcy affect loans?
Contact Us for More Information About Personal Bankruptcy and Debt Help
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If you're in Canada and aren’t sure if filing for personal bankruptcy is the right debt solution for you, we can help. Contact us to speak with one of our certified Canadian Credit Counsellors. Talking to one is always free and confidential. Your Counsellor will be happy to look at your whole situation and provide you with realistic solutions. We'll answer your questions and provide you with information about how to manage your debts and become debt free.
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Between Financial Difficulty and Bankruptcy are Many Options
Financial problems and difficulties happen to a whole lot of people for many different reasons. When things get really tough and there doesn't seem to be any hope, a lot of people think their only option is to declare bankruptcy. Many are surprised to learn that there are actually a fair number of options available to people in this situation that don't involve bankruptcy. Our Credit Counsellors are experts at helping people explore their options, see what's available to them, and see what their best options are. Give us a call at 1-888-527-8999 and speak with one of our Counsellors either in person or over the phone (whatever works best for you). If you're not ready to call yet, send us an email or chat with us online and ask us any question you might have. We're here to help you, and you'll likely be pleasantly surprised at how much we're able to help take a load off your mind and help you create a plan to get your financial situation back on track.