DEBT CONSOLIDATION IN ONTARIO

What is debt consolidation?

Debt consolidation is the combining of all your unsecured debt (credit cards, payday loans, etc.) into one monthly payment. This can be done in three main ways; borrow money from a bank or a private lender, take on a Debt Management Program, or seek debt relief through a Consumer Proposal.

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David Sklar & Associates Inc.
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stefania cicchino
13:54 27 Mar 21
We worked with Jackie. She is very professional and very caring. She is quick to respond and really cares about helping the people in front of her. I went with my uncle, who was scared of the whole process and mentally delayed. Jackie took her time with us and made him feel at ease. She carefully explained things multiple times and was very encouraging. She was a shining light in a difficult process.
Christine Lowe
16:44 12 Mar 21
Jackie is very professional, kind, supportive and super helpful. She was able to help me get back on track. Great service and I will definitely recommend them.
Belen Trava
19:01 11 Mar 21
Jackie provided me excellent service, was very helpful, and she made feel very secured and she listened to all my concerns.i was speechless with excellent service.
nicole lowartz
17:02 11 Mar 21
Had a great experience and successful result working with Carol at David Sklar & Associates! I was well informed and received great guidance after just the first conversation! She handled everything and helped me build a budget that is realistic and that i can really stick to! I highly recommend Carol and her team at David Sklar. Give them a call!
Kirah32
02:07 03 Mar 21
I've used these services twice and they have always been understanding, supportive and informative. They give you hope when you feel like there is none. I've referred multiple people to them and they've all had the same professional experiences. Jackie Stanley was amazing and got the job done. Thank you!
Kristine San Gabriel
15:14 02 Mar 21
Dealing with any kind of debt can be stressful. Jackie is amazing! Professional, warm and extremely helpful to say the least! She made sure to answer all of our questions, address any concerns and made this whole process as smooth as possible.
Clayton Surujbally
17:09 18 Feb 21
Working with David Sklar has been an easy and detailed process. I am especially thankful for the personal services provided by Jackie Stanley as she has been very informative and always ready to answer any questions or concerns in a timely manner. I highly suggest working with Jackie if the opportunity presents itself.
Chris Thompson
17:11 07 Feb 21
On February 2 l made the somber driveTo David Sklar and associates.I had known this location from having drovePast it many times over the years.I made a appointment using the phone numberOn their door in Pickering, OntLater that day l had a consultation withTrina Powell.Immediately upon meeting with her l wasBecomming more relaxed with the proceedings.Trina, was very down to earth, and very professional.We all have our calling, l can only gather sheHas found hers, and she is very good at herJob, and career.I met with her again two days later but on thisVisit l felt more relaxed, and self assured of myDecisions, having already met with Trina.Thank you! Hat's off to you.I also had a phone zoom call with MarkTo whom as well was very easy, and comfortableTo talk to,Thank you, Mark.The team at David Sklar and associatesShould take great pride, and comfort when theyHelp people, like me and probably so many others.Thank you.
Desiree Balkaran
17:09 07 Feb 21
I have dealt with this company before many years ago when I did my bankruptcy , and found to be very trustworthy, professional, and right at ease. No judgement, very understanding and very supportive. So of course would come to then again when this time did the debt consolidation. The staff is friendly and goes over all the details with you and answers all your questions so you know exactly what to expect and make an informative decisison. I aslo like how if I had any questions could leave a message or email the company and how promptly they answer me back. Thank you David Sklar & Associates for getting me back on the right track and living a life of debt free again. I have my freedom back thank you for all your help and support. Amen 🙏
Elizabeth Thomas
09:18 04 Feb 21
I am so grateful to Rhoda Lewis for an amazing opportunity to start fresh, she is very knowledgeable, professional and very friendly. I felt so comfortable from the moment I walked into her office, I definitely would recommend Rhoda to anyone who is looking for help. I love and appreciate you very much for helping me. After all these years I still kept in touch with you via email just to say thank you. Thank you again so very much and continued blessings.
Andrei Podeanu
02:09 01 Feb 21
Jackie Stanley will take you step by step in explaining the process professionally, answering all the question I had over the telephone or e-mail. We are very satisfied and grateful for her work and effort. Dan Podeanu
Daniel Domingues
22:19 23 Jan 21
Ashley Carter was very nice to me and professional and she helped me with my issue and she answer my questions in email. She helped me a lot and she gave me less stress.
1 blaze
18:36 21 Jan 21
Jackie Stanley take you step by step in explaining the process professionally, replying on our every question over the telephone or e-mail. We are very satisfied and grateful for her work and effort.
Tree Broker
14:33 20 Jan 21
Jackie and the team at David Sklar and Associates took my very stressful situation and made me feel at ease. I was treated with respect and understanding from the start of my process right through to the end. Prompt email and phone responses made it feel like I was at the top of their priority list.Jackie and the team at David Sklar are the best in the business. I would highly recommend using their services.
Jeremy Y
14:04 20 Jan 21
Has helped me put to gather all my financial debt and find a reasonable offer and deal in making payments towards all my debts as one. Has been patient and kind service one on one. A big thanks to Jackie for helping guide me through my process!
WhoisDriaB
02:09 20 Jan 21
Jackie is an amazing person, she takes her time to make sure you understand everything. Every question I had she was always a email or text away with a quick response. Thank you again
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Our licensed Insolvency Tuestee’s in Ontario can explain all of your options

Debt consolidation is only one of the many options available when seeking debt relief. In some cases, a debt consolidation loan is not the best option for controlling your debt. There are other options like a consumer proposal or bankruptcy that may be a better choice for you.

David Sklar & Associates does not provide debt consolidation loans. If you’re looking for a loan, we suggest you speak to your bank first to see if you qualify for one.

A CONSUMER PROPOSAL MIGHT BE RIGHT FOR YOU

Many people find that a consumer proposal is a better option for debt relief than a debt consolidation loan. This is largely because, with a consumer proposal, you will be free and clear of all your debts in 5 years or less — without interest.

A consumer proposal is a legally binding agreement that will protect you from creditors, stop collections calls and wage garnishments, and allows you to keep your assets. A debt consolidation loan does not offer this protection and can still leave you exposed to collection call harassment.

When you speak to one of our licensed debt professionals, we will explain all the benefits and disadvantages of each solution, so you can make the right decision.

Unlike debt consolidation loans, a consumer proposal completely eliminates the high-interest payments you are currently making and can significantly reduce the amount you owe to your creditors. Our goal is to help take away your stress, not give you more.

We work within your budget to structure payments based on what you can afford. You are under no obligation to sign anything after your consultation. Take the time to learn about your options and then decide if this is the direction you want to take.

The Truth About High Interest Loans

Debt consolidation loans are an attractive solution to people in debt because it’s a quick fix to end collection calls, eliminates the need to pay multiple creditors every month, and some lenders do not usually require credit checks, like a bank would. These may seem like benefits in the short-term but there can be long-term implications.

Third-party lenders often market high-interest debt consolidation loans as easy money. However, what they don’t tell you is that this”easy money” is hard to pay back and can result in a debt spiral that is even harder to get out of.

Some interest rates on these consolidation loans can reach almost 60%—the maximum amount of interest a lender is allowed to charge in Canada, without being considered criminal!If the combined interest rate on your loan is higher than what you are currently paying to your individual creditors, then you might find yourself in more debt then you started with. In many cases people find they have actually increased their payments not decreased them by choosing to take on a consolidation loan.

A Safer Interest Free Solution

The Licensed Insolvency Trustees(LIT’s) at David Sklar & Associates are regulated by the government of Canada and do not work on commission like some of the third-party lenders do. Our staff are committed to helping you choose the best debt relief solution for your situation. Not all debt solutions lead towards a positive outcome. Some debt solutions can lead you further into debt and desperation. From our perspective, providing high interest loans to people already struggling with debt, is similar to handing someone a 50-pound weight, who is already drowning.

When reviewing all of the debt solution options available to you, we encourage you to consider how opting for a reliable government regulated, legally binding debt relief program like a consumer proposal can better set you up for future financial independence. Remember, easy money usually comes with strings attached.

Examples of High Interest Loans:

The average interest rate on credit cards in Canada is 19%. The Canadian Government law is that lenders are not legally permitted to charge interest rates that exceed 60%. There are various types of non-bank loans, all of which have high-interest rates:

  • Payday loans*
  • Installment loans
  • Car title loans
  • Rent-to-own products

 

*Payday loans are exempt from the 60% interest rate limitation, therefore the annual interest rate on a payday loan is close to 400% or higher if you miss payments.

Loan AmountMonthly PaymentInterest RateTotal Cost
(Over 5 years)
Total Interest
(Over 5 years)
$20,000$647.0730%$38,824$18,824
$30,000$970.6030%$58,236$28,236
$40,000$1,294.1430%$77,648$37,648

*Interest rates can fluctuate based on lender.

Speak to a Licensed Insolvency Trustees before you make a decision

Before considering a high – interest loan like a payday loan or installment loan, consider the truth and implications behind these providers’ misleading promises.