How to Make Your Bank Unfreeze Your Frozen Bank Account

Your bank account is your source of financial security, but it’s not always so secure. A frozen bank account is something many people have to deal with, and if it happens to you, you need to take action fast. A frozen bank account can usually...

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Did You Know? When Filing a Consumer Proposal Many People are Able to Keep Their Homes

Filing for a consumer proposal is becoming a popular debt consolidation option for Canadians. In 2016, 62,506 Canadians filed for consumer proposal. More Canadians are opting for consumer proposal than bankruptcy, and the number of people who...

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30-Day Countdown: How to Tackle Back Taxes and Tax Debt

The 2017 income tax deadline is on April 30, 2018. Have you filed your taxes yet? If you’re waiting or afraid to due to back taxes or because you’ll owe a tax debt, read on… If you have back taxes: When you owe back taxes, the best thing you...

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CRA Penalties, Interest, and More – What to Do if You Will Miss the 2017 Tax Deadline

The 2017 income tax deadline is nearly a month away. April 30, 2018 is the date you must file by or be subject to Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) penalties, interest, and possibly collection action. Tax time can be a source of stress — gathering...

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Your 2018 Debt Consolidation Options

As Canada’s household debt continues to rise, many Canadians are looking at debt consolidation options. Rising interest rates and new mortgage rules are leaving less room for debt and those who once had a comfortable cushion may now find...

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Surviving Rising Interest Rates – Locking Your Rate May Be the Best Time to Refinance

So far in 2018 Canadian homeowners have experienced several major changes that could affect finances — new mortgage rules and rising interest rates First, let’s look at the new mortgage rules. On January 1, 2018, new Canadian mortgage rules...

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Question Corner: When Will CRA Garnishment Happen to Me if I Owe?

The 2017 income tax deadline is looming on April 30, 2018 and with it the consequences of not paying a tax debt in full. One such consequence if you fail to pay a tax debt is Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) garnishment. A CRA garnishment is just...

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The 2017 Income Tax Deadline is Right Around the Corner – Will You Owe?

The 2017 income tax deadline is looming — April 30, 2018 to be exact. Are you ready? There are two scenarios that can happen if you miss the 2017 income tax deadline. Scenario #1 —  you are owed money on your return. If you wait to file, this...

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Mortgage Refinance vs. Consumer Proposal: What Makes More Sense When You Own a Home?

Many Canadians are struggling with debt and with the Bank of Canada interest rates increasing that struggle may become even worse as time goes on. However, there are options available for debt consolidation — particularly if you own your own...

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How to Combat New Mortgage Rules and Interest Rate Increases

The past year has been a rocky one for Canadian homeowners. The Bank of Canada announced interest rate increases starting in July of 2017. Since then, the interest rates have increased three times, going from 0.5 per cent to 1.25 per cent...

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What the Bank of Canada Increase Means for Mortgage Interest Rates

If you’re reading this blog, you likely already know that the Bank of Canada interest rate increased again on January 17, 2018, going up to 1.25 per cent. You likely also know that the Bank of Canada (BOC) interest rate hike affects all forms...

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Consumer Proposal vs. Refinancing Your Mortgage – Which is Better for You?

If you are like the many Canadians facing overwhelming amounts of debt, you may be considering a consumer proposal vs. refinancing your mortgage to help ease the pain. Maybe you’re wondering how a second mortgage vs. consumer proposal stacks...

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