What does a credit bureau do exactly and how do they impact your credit card or loan applications? Read this article to find out how credit bureaus in Canada operate and how it impacts you.
If you have recently taken a loan or have applied for new credit, you may have heard about the two biggest Credit Bureaus in Canada; Equifax and TransUnion.
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What is a Credit Bureau?
Credit bureaus, also called credit reporting agencies are independent organizations that provide creditworthiness score (Credit Score) to lenders (financial institutions, creditors, banks).
TransUnion and Equifax are two of the biggest credit reporting agencies in Canada. Credit card companies often get information from these two when you apply for a credit card.
Financial institutions refer to these agencies to measure your capability of repaying the money you are intending to borrow. These agencies compile your financial information such as:
- Personal Information
- Credit Accounts
- Your Debt Information
- Credit inquiries
- Your payment history
Credit Reporting or Credit Bureau Laws in Canada
Credit reporting differs from provinces; this includes practices to protect consumer rights. These laws also cover agencies requesting information that credit bureaus collect.
Request Must Be Valid
Acceptable reasons for requests are credit decision, debt collection, employment or tenancy decision, or insurance underwriting.
Taking an Adverse Action
Decisions that could lead to adverse actions (denying credit application, denying employment, increasing lender charges).
Providing Consumers Copy of Credit Report
Requesting a copy of your credit report should not have a negative impact on your credit score.
Disputes Should Be Investigated
If there is an error, the credit bureau must report this to anyone who received your credit report and fix it.
Positive Credit Information
Credit bureaus are required to maintain a good/positive history on your report for 20 years even if there is a more recent negative history.
How to Acquire Your Credit Report?
It is a good habit to check your credit report once a year. This is to spot or avoid any fraudulent activities or identity theft and make sure that you are not being penalized for debts incurred under your name which you have no idea about.
You may order a copy of your credit report by doing the following:
Through Mail or Fax
- Attached a copy of at least 2 of your Identifications.
- You will receive your credit report by mail.
Through a Phone Call
By calling the below hotline numbers, you can obtain your credit report.
- You may need to confirm your identity by answering a series of security questions.
- You will receive your credit report by mail.
Tel: 1-800-663-9980 (except Quebec)
Tel: 1-877-713-3393 (Quebec residents)
Access your credit report online for free through the Equifax website.
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