Cost of a consumer proposal in Ontario
Your monthly payment is based on what you can afford to repay.
What does a consumer proposal cost?
Many of our customers are concerned that filing a consumer proposal costs more than they can afford. We know you’re already under enough financial stress, so we work with you to see what you can afford to pay each month based on your budget. There are no surprises and no other fees to worry about.
Unlike bankruptcy, a consumer proposal doesn’t eliminate your unsecured debts entirely. However, it still works to discharge a significant portion of what you owe, leaving you with a much smaller amount to pay. Plus, you can avoid the negative repercussions that come with bankruptcy, including needing to surrender your assets.
One Low Monthly Payment
Once your consumer proposal is accepted you will only have one low monthly payment that includes payments towards your debt and fees for the licensed insolvency trustee. There are no additional costs or fees that you need to make aside from your monthly consumer proposal payment.
How much does a consumer proposal cost?
Depending on your circumstances, filing a consumer proposal can reduce your debt by up to 80%.
Your Licensed Insolvency Trustee will help you determine how much you can afford to repay based on your current financial position. They’ll evaluate your income, assets, and household expenses to ensure your monthly payments are manageable.
For example, suppose you have total unsecured debt owing of $65,000. In that case, you could negotiate new payment terms where you repay only $22,000. Assuming your creditors agree to this proposal, your monthly payment over five years (the maximum allowed) would be $367.
How are your payment terms determined?
Your current financial standing, by far, has the most significant impact on the cost of your consumer proposal. Your Licensed Insolvency Trustee will review your income, assets, expenses, and the creditors to whom you owe money. Then, they’ll assist you in crafting a monthly payment plan suitable for your budget and one your creditors are likely to accept.
Once the majority of your creditors (based on the dollar value of your debt) accept the terms of your proposal, the payment plan becomes legally binding. You can then begin making payments to your Licensed Insolvency Trustee, who will distribute the funds to your creditors accordingly.
One low monthly payment – with no interest or penalties!
You’ll have a maximum of five years to repay your debt in full. No interest charges or penalties will accrue on your balance during the repayment period. You also can contribute a lump sum payment at any time to settle your remaining debt.
What happens if your financial circumstances change?
If your financial situation improves while completing your consumer proposal, you can increase your monthly payment amount to finish your proposal sooner.
Alternatively, let’s say your finances deteriorate, and your income suddenly dries up. In that case, you will need to assess whether this is a short-term issue or longer term. if it will be longer term, you will want to ensure that you do not fall into arrears on your payments as the third payment arrear will result in your consumer proposal being annulled. As a result, you’ll now be responsible for repaying your debts as they existed before you filed the proposal. Your creditors can also pursue legal action against you, including garnishing your wages.
Suppose you anticipate falling behind on your monthly payment for the third time. In that case, your Licensed Insolvency Trustee can help you negotiate new payment terms with your creditors. If accepted, you can resume your monthly payments under the revised terms.
Contact us today to find out what your monthly payment could be
In most insolvency cases we encounter, a consumer proposal is preferable to bankruptcy, as the monthly payment is typically more manageable and doesn’t require you to give up your assets. As long you present a fair and reasonable offer to your creditors, they’ll happily accept your consumer proposal. They’d much rather receive a portion of what you owe than risk losing everything should you file for bankruptcy.
Curious about how much a consumer proposal will cost you? Then book a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our Licensed Insolvency Trustees. We’ll assess your situation and help you create a payment plan to set you on the road to financial success.
Can I afford a consumer proposal?
One of the benefits of a consumer proposal is that we negotiate an amount that you can afford to pay, based on your debts and your income. We take into account all of your regular household expenses.
Consumer proposals are interest-free and there are no additional costs that you need to make aside from your monthly consumer proposal payment.
Find out how much you can save with our Consumer Proposal Debt Calculator
Use the slider below to tell us how much you owe and we will show you how much you can save!
With a consumer proposal at 0% interest, you will only have to pay back:
$3,480/$58 per month
*This calculator is for demonstration purposes only. Your results may vary based on your unique financial situation.
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