What is the Canadian Emergency Debt Relief Program?
Financial struggles can be incredibly stressful, and the burden of debt can feel overwhelming, but there is hope for Canadians. The Canadian emergency debt relief program, known as a Consumer Proposal, offers a legally binding agreement between you and your creditors that can help you pay off a portion of your debt over a set period of time. As a Canadian licensed insolvency trustee, David Sklar & Associates can provide you with the expertise and guidance you need to navigate this debt relief program and find the solution that best fits your unique financial situation.
What is a Consumer Proposal?
A consumer proposal is a debt relief program that provides a more manageable solution for paying off debt. With the help of a licensed insolvency trustee, you can negotiate a payment plan that fits your budget and income. Additionally, this program stops all collection actions from creditors, including wage garnishments, legal actions, and harassing phone calls. All Canadians with unsecured debt over $1,000 are eligible for a consumer proposal.
How Much Debt Can You Reduce with a Consumer Proposal?
A Powerful Debt Relief Tool for Significant Savings
A consumer proposal is a powerful tool that can significantly reduce the amount of debt you owe. With the help of a licensed insolvency trustee like David Sklar & Associates, you can negotiate with creditors and reach an agreement that is both affordable and feasible. For instance, if you owe $30,000, a consumer proposal has the potential to reduce your debt to as low as $10,500, offering a much more manageable solution for paying off your debt.
Consumer Proposal Examples
Here are a few examples of how Consumer Proposals have helped to reduce debt for some of the many individuals we have assisted over the years. These cases illustrate the flexibility of Consumer Proposals, as the offers to creditors vary based on each person’s income, the debt amount, and unique circumstances.
Consumer Proposal Example 1: Pamela
Pamela’s husband’s health failed, and he was no longer able to contribute to the household income. Pamela, who had wanted to work past 65, was facing imminent retirement due to her own poor health. With nothing left to cash in and debts continuing to pile up, Pamela became desperate. Finally, accepting how serious her situation was, she got in touch with a grief counselor and an accountant, who recommended she reach out David Sklar & Associates.
- Credit Cards: $38,000
- Bank and other Loans: $3,700
- Revenue Canada: $2,000
- Total Unsecured debts: $43,700
The Consumer Proposal payments: $255 a month for 60 months.
Pamela paid $15,300 on debts totaling $43,700 – saving $28,400 a reduction of 65%.
Consumer Proposal Example #2: Susan and Bob
At 53 Bob was in a car accident that resulted in a serious spinal injury – requiring extended hospitalization, multiple surgeries, and years of therapy.
While Susan was initially able to take time off from work to be with Bob, eventually she had to give up her job and focus full-time on Bob’s recovery.
Susan and Bob Owed:
- Credit Cards: $41,850
- Line of Credit: $21,500
- Total Unsecured debts: $63,350
The Consumer Proposal payments: $335 a month for 60 months.
Susan and Bob paid $20,100 on debts totaling $63,350 – saving $43,250 a reduction of 68%.
Consumer Proposal Example #3: Stan & Michel
When Stan’s company went out of business, they expected that Stan, given his education and excellent work history, would be able to find another job quickly. However, weeks turned into months and despite his best efforts, he was unable to find a suitable job.
Fortunately, they were able to make their house payments and take care of most of their bills with Michel’s salary, but they were sliding into debt.
After nearly 5 years of unemployment, it was clear that if their finances remained as they were, they would have no savings for their daughter’s education or their retirement.
Although Michel’s salary had been able to make the minimum payments on Stan’s credit cards and unsecured bank loan – they were not able to pay off his debts. After much discussion and thought, they decided to contact David Sklar & Associates to see what could be done.
Stan & Michel Owed:
- Credit Cards: $19,500
- Unsecured Bank Loan: $31,000
- Total Unsecured debts: $50,500
The Consumer Proposal payments: $315 a month for 60 months.
Stan and Michel paid $18,900 on debts totaling $50,500 – saving $31,600 a reduction of 63%.
Advantages of a Consumer Proposal vs Bankruptcy
Choose the Right Debt Relief Solution for You
One of the most significant benefits of a consumer proposal over bankruptcy is that it allows you to keep your assets. Unlike bankruptcy, where you may have to liquidate assets to pay off creditors, a consumer proposal allows you to keep your assets while still paying off a portion of your debt. Additionally, a consumer proposal provides a set period of time, usually up to five years, for paying off debt rather than a lump sum payment, making it a more feasible option for those on a tight budget.
Drawbacks of Consolidating Debt into Another Loan
Avoid the Pitfalls of Debt Consolidation Loans
Consolidating debt into another high-interest loan may seem like a solution, but it often only delays payments and increases the total amount owed. With the help of a licensed insolvency trustee, you can explore all of your debt relief options and find the solution that best fits your unique financial situation, whether it be a consumer proposal or another debt relief program.
Eligible Debts for a Consumer Proposal
A consumer proposal can help reduce a variety of unsecured debts, including credit card debt, personal loans, and lines of credit. In certain cases, it can also reduce tax debt and government debts. Your licensed insolvency trustee, like David Sklar & Associates, will be able to determine which debts can be included in your consumer proposal.
Legal Protection with a Consumer Proposal
Receive Legal Protection from Creditors
Once a consumer proposal is filed, it provides you with legal protection from your creditors. This means that they can no longer take legal action or garnish your wages, and they must stop all collection actions. This allows you to focus on paying off your debt without the added stress of creditor harassment.
Working with a Licensed Insolvency Trustee
Finding the Right Solution with the Help of David Sklar & Associates
When it comes to finding the right Canadian emergency debt relief program, a licensed insolvency trustee like David Sklar & Associates can help guide you to the solution that best fits your unique financial situation. These professionals are regulated by the Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy and have the expertise to help you navigate the process of a consumer proposal or any other debt relief program. With their guidance, you can find the right solution that allows you to get back on track financially and get a fresh start.
A Licensed Insolvency Trustee like David Sklar & Associates Can Help
A consumer proposal is a Canadian emergency debt relief program that provides a more manageable solution for paying off debt. With the help of a licensed insolvency trustee like David Sklar & Associates, you can negotiate a payment plan that fits your budget, keep your assets, and receive legal protection from creditors. If you’re struggling with debt, it’s important to explore all of your options and find the solution that best fits your unique financial situation.Contact David Sklar