Common Questions

I’m thinking about declaring bankruptcy

When dealing with debt, you may want to explore all of your options. They include:

  • 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.
  • Debt Help, from Credit Counselling Society, tells you about the options available to you to help manage your debt, including bankruptcy.
  • Consumed by Debt?, from the Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy Canada, outlines your options when you are facing a debt problem, and explains that Licenced Insolvency Trustees (LITs) are the only qualified professionals authorized to administer insolvency proceedings.
  • Consumer Law and Credit/Debt Law: A Guide for British Columbia, from the Legal Services Society, has detailed information for advocates about bankruptcy.

Need more help?

  • Credit Counselling, from Credit Counselling Society, provide information and free, confidential appointments with a credit counsellor in a number of locations in BC or over the phone.
  • Find more help near you on Clicklaw HelpMap.

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Last reviewed September 2018

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