Canadian Government Debt Relief Program: Consumer Proposals

debt relief canada

Consumer Proposals:  Government Debt Relief Programs in Canada

A consumer proposal is a Canadian federal government debt relief program that is available to those “honest but unfortunate” people who have more unsecured debt than they will ever reasonably be able to pay back on their own.

Unlike other debt relief options, consumer proposals are legally binding agreements between debtors and their creditors. Proposals are governed by the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act, and are monitored by the Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy.

Note: in Ontario, proposals can only be filed and administered by licensed trustees in bankruptcy, such as David Sklar & Associates.

What’s Covered

Consumer proposals provide debt relief on unsecured debts such as credit cards, bills, payday loans, CRA taxes, etc. Secured debts such as mortgages are not covered. There are some types of unsecured debt that cannot be removed with a proposal including: alimony, child support, court fines, and some student loans.

What Happens

In a proposal, the debtor, through his/her trustee, formally offers to pay back a portion of their unsecured debt over a period of up to 5 years, at the end of which time they will be released from their debts. The majority of creditors must vote to accept the proposal before it becomes binding.

In addition to making regular payments to the trustee for disbursal to their creditors, the debtors must attend credit counselling sessions where they will receive the training and skills needed to manage their finances.

Benefits of Consumer Proposal Debt Relief for Debtors:

  • keep assets
  • avoid bankruptcy
  • stop collection calls
  • stop interest charges
  • remove garnishees

Need More Information?

If you are in financial distress, and unable to repay all of your debts, you may qualify for a consumer proposal. To find out more about this government debt relief program, you need to speak with a Licensed Insolvency Trustee.

If you live in the Toronto area, you are welcome to contact David Sklar & Associates, Licensed Insolvency Trustee for a FREE, no-obligation consultation. We will review your finances with you in private, and discuss all of your debt relief options. Call us a 416-498-9200 to book your free consultation at one of our six convenient locations.

Take Your First Step Towards A Debt Free Life

If you are overwhelmed by debt and live in the Toronto area, call us at 416-498-9200 to book a FREE, confidential appointment. We will review your financial situation in detail and discuss all of your options with you. Alternatively, you can fill out the form below and our team will reach out to you. 

Share This!

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on reddit
Share on pinterest

Ready to live debt free?

I cannot emphasize enough how thankful I am for Jackie Stanley's help with filing for bankruptcy.All of us dread being put in this position and we have a million questions about the process but trust me Jackie makes it so easy for you that you don't have to do anything yourself!She is very kind and friendly and puts you at ease right away. She emphasizes with you and let's you know it's not your fault.Most importantly when you leave that first meeting you will not believe the load that is taken off your shoulders. You can actually feel it!You are a godsend Jackie and I can't thank you enough!!I hope you are highly valued there as much as you are by me!
Sue Murray
18:45 05 Dec 21
Putting together and executing a Consumer Proposal can be daunting, that is unless you work with Cori Naron at David Sklar & Associates Inc. Cori's advice and support has been instrumental over the past five years. Thank you Cori!!
Barry Kuntz
20:37 01 Dec 21
I’m very happy with the services I received for Jackie Stanley who helped me get my finances in order. It was a quick and easy process & all of my questions were answered.
Amanda Frappier
01:18 19 Nov 21
I have had the privilege of being supported by Jackie at David Sklar Associate. She was very helpful, very professional and very friendly. She gave me the help I need. Thank you Jackie for your help.
Alex Taylor
22:03 17 Nov 21
Got my probe solved, great service
arny raposo
17:02 11 Nov 21
Jackie at Daivid Sklar and Associates is such a pleasure to work with. She explained everything in great detail and is always there when I have a question or concern. She really cares about her clients.
Steve Medica
09:33 10 Nov 21
I filed a proposal with another group, which came in as a referral from one of my brokers. My experience went from ok to bad to worse, due to lack of communication and education on the process I was to embark on. I worked with Cori Naron in the past, and I came to her now for help on literally doing the work that the other group should have done. Cori stepped in, educated me, advised on rights, responsibilities, how the process works and what potential outcomes may happen. I do not have enough words of recognition and gratitude for what she did - she alleviated stress, anxiety, dead-end thoughts and she made me live again. Congrats to DSklar for hiring her and retaining such talent.
Giani Kokolakis
18:45 25 Oct 21
Very professional service. Before contacting David Sklar & Associates i contacted bunch of other firms they seemed fishy. After I spoke with Jason Sklar at Hamilton Office I discovered professionalism with hope. I was explained every step of my situation with solution professionally. Thank you David Sklar & Associates.
Wajay Awan
07:29 12 Oct 21
I met David a few months ago and i am glad I did. He has helped me all the way through my bankruptcy with good advice and explained every step of the process. David is a very down to earth and very professional. Anytime I've had a question I was able to reach out to David by phone or email and he always got back to me. If your struggling with your bills and need a way to get help, I strongly recommend David Sklar &Associates to help you. My experience with them on 1-5scale would be a 5;; My life is so much better now, thanks to David Sklar.
Bruce Locke
16:13 08 Oct 21
I have had the privilege of being supported by Jackie S, at David Sklar n Associate.She was helpful, professional and friendly. I was able to get the help I needed at a difficult time in my life. I would recommend anyone who needs support with working out their debts to ask for Jackie, she will be waiting to assist however she can to help you through your debts. She works with a team who is always ready and responsive.Thank you Jackie and your team:)
Denise Simpson
15:17 09 Sep 21
js_loader