Common QuestionsI’m thinking about declaring bankruptcy
There are a number of options for dealing with debt, including:
- getting financial counselling
- using a debt management program, which involves a written agreement between you and the lender
- consolidating or refinancing your debts
- making a proposal to your creditors under Canada's bankruptcy laws
- as a last resort, declaring personal bankruptcy
Good starting points include:
- When You Can't Pay Your Debts, from the Canadian Bar Association BC Branch, outlines these and other options for dealing with debt.
- Dealing with Debt: A Consumer's Guide , from the Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy Canada, may help you decide whether or not you have a serious debt problem. It also gives some suggestions for solving your money problems.
- Consumer Law and Credit/Debt Law: A Guide for British Columbia, from the Legal Services Society, has detailed information for advocates about bankruptcy.
- LSLAP Manual: Creditors' Remedies and Debtors' Assistance, from the UBC Law Students Legal Advice Program, has a section, "Getting Out of Debt," that describes options for people who are experiencing difficulties with debt.
See our related common questions:
- I am being harassed by debt collectors. Are they allowed to do that?
- I’ve missed a few mortgage payments and am facing foreclosure
- See all common questions about debt
Last reviewed January 2015
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