Personal Bankruptcy Exemptions

Find out what personal bankruptcy exemptions in Ontario apply to your assets

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What can I keep if I file for personal bankruptcy?

Canadians are often reluctant to consider personal bankruptcy even when they are in a dire financial situation. They’re concerned that they could lose everything, but that is one of the most common misconceptions about personal bankruptcy.

Provincial law outlines exempt assets that are not affected by filing for bankruptcy. Knowing with certainty what you get to keep and what you may have to sell can give you the confidence you need to make the right decision.

Ontario personal bankruptcy exemptions

Bankruptcy exemptions in Ontario are designed to provide a certain level of protection from creditors. A number of personal and essential belongings are protected by bankruptcy laws in Ontario, and you can move forward knowing that they’re safe.

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Assets you get to keep:

*Amount limits are increased each year for inflation. The above figures are for 2022 as set in the Regulations of the Execution Act.

Bankruptcy exemptions under federal law

In addition to these Ontario bankruptcy exemptions, some property is also protected by federal law. Federal exemptions are laid out in the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act.

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Federal exemptions

Assets You May Have to Sell

Personal bankruptcy is not meant to be a punishment. Assets are sold in order to give your creditors a chance to recoup their losses. Once the proceeds from the sale of non-exempt assets are distributed to your creditors and Surplus Income payments have ended, any remaining funds that you owe are released.

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Non-exempt assets include

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Will I lose my house if I file personal bankruptcy in Canada?

The question is one of the most frequently asked we hear as Licensed Insolvency Trustees. Your home is naturally your top priority, but you may be able to clear your debts through insolvency without jeopardizing your home.

An important step is to have your home appraised. This way, you have an accurate assessment of your equity and whether or not you can afford to buy it out and keep your home.

A Consumer Proposal can help you keep your home

If you are concerned about losing your home and the equity that you built in it by filing personal bankruptcy, there is an alternative that will protect your home and your assets, called a Consumer Proposal. A Consumer Proposal is a different way to eliminate your debt, that is a popular alternative when you are earning an income.

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