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[Updated 2021] Guide to Debt Consolidation Programs in Canada

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In Canada, there are various ways of consolidating your debt. If you are a Canadian and are looking for a guide to debt consolidation programs, this is the right place for you to know your options; and find steps on how to choose the right program for you.

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In this article, we will discuss the top 5 Debt Consolidation Programs in Canada.

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1. Consolidate Your Debt Using a New Loan

It is the method of taking out a new loan to pay off other obligations or debts. Multiple liabilities are combined into a single and larger loan.

Advantages:

  • You will only have one monthly payment to keep track of
  • Often gets a lower interest rate
  • Your new debt is paid off in as early as 2 years up to a maximum of 5 years
  • Comparably lower fees

Disadvantages:

  • Some banks may require collateral or co-maker
  • You need to have good credit to qualify.
  • You have a fair amount of chance to get behind due to the larger debt.

2. Consolidate through Credit Counselling Agencies

If you are seriously struggling not only in terms of debt but also with how you manage your finances, a credit counsellor can help you. Credit counselling services offer not only financial education but also a debt management program.

With the Debt Management Program, your credit counsellor will negotiate with your creditors to restructure your debts for easier repayments at a lower interest rate.

Advantages:

  • You will get a lower interest rate or no interest rate at all to pay off your debt.
  • Pay off your debt in less than 3 years.
  • Repair your credit rating in 2 years after completing the program
  • You’ll be more financially savvy

Disadvantages:

  • Your creditors must agree to this before you can start with the program
  • Impacts your credit rating after 2 years of completing the program
  • Credit counselling agencies usually charge higher fees

3. Consolidate using a Line of Credit

A personal line of credit is an alternative to a standard personal loan; a line of credit can give you access to an approved credit limit. It will allow you to withdraw the amount up to the credit limit anytime.

This type of debt consolidation program will give you access to the funds when needed or when you have debts needed to be settled soon. You will only incur interest towards your balance not the entire credit limit.

Advantages:

  • Generally lower interest rate compared to other options
  • Can give you freedom of access to funds anytime as long as the credit limit is not reached

Disadvantages:

  • Can turn into a trap if you don’t control your spending
  • The interest rate is higher compared to a credit card
  • Line of Credit interest rate varies with the Bank of Canada prime rate. This will go up if the prime rate goes up.

4. Consolidate your Credit Card using a Balance Transfer

If your debt is composed mainly of credit cards, this is the best method to consolidate. This can be the best tool to repay existing credit card debt cheaper with typically a 0% promotional offer.

Most banks will offer a 0% interest rate as an introductory offer to entice cardholders to transfer their debt. A promotional offer will typically last from 6 months up to a maximum of 18 months. Consolidating your debt using this method will give you a breathing period to pay off as much debt as possible without any interest before it begins to accumulate again.

Advantages:

  • Get a promotional offer of 0% to pay off your credit cards without any interest
  • Will not require any collateral
  • Your credit score will not be affected negatively

Disadvantages:

Disadvantages:

  • You are not paying off your debt, you are just transferring your debt towards a new larger debt.
  • Once your 0% promotional offer expires, the interest rate will start to accumulate sometimes at a higher rate.

5. Government-Approved Debt Consolidation Program

If you owe more than $10,000 of debt towards Credit Cards, Personal Loans, Car Loans, Taxes, CERB, HST, 407, Household Bills, Payday Loans, and Student Loan this is your best option. With a government-approved debt consolidation program, your debt can be reduced by up to 50%-75%.

Our team of expert debt specialists will help you create a personalized debt savings plan to eliminate your debt. We will negotiate with your creditors on your behalf. Our years of experience in the field have helped us establish a strong relationship with your creditors which will make it easier for us to have your approval in as fast as 3-5 days.

Advantages:

  • Consolidate your debt into a single and more affordable monthly payment
  • Stop collection calls and wage garnishment
  • Stop Lawsuits
  • Secure your assets
  • Interests will stop

Disadvantages:

  • Consequences if you miss a payment
  • A credit score rating of R7 will remain in your credit report in 3 years
  • The majority of creditors should agree to the program

We offer a free and confidential debt consultation, no obligation, and no risks! We don’t charge upfront fees; you have the freedom to use our service or walk away with the knowledge about the benefits of this government-approved program. This can be done via phone call or zoom, leaving your home is not necessary.

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