How does making a late payment affect my score?
A: Badly! 35% of your credit score is based on your payment history. Credit bureaus don’t make available to the public their exact formula for calculating the points on your credit score, so it’s hard to say exactly how one late payment might affect you. Better to just be on time.
Q: So how does the rest of my credit score break down then?
A: Well, 35% comes from your payment history, 30% is your debt utilization ratio (sometimes also referred to as a credit to debt ratio), 15% is your credit history, 10% is new credit, and 10% is the types of credit you have in use.
Q: How do I get a credit score if I’m new to Canada?
A: If you have a short credit history – or none at all – you may not have a credit score. You need to have at least one active account within the last six months. The best thing you can do to start establishing credit is to apply for a secured credit card.
Q: How do I rebuild my credit after filing a proposal or for bankruptcy?
A: It will take some time, but you can do it. Your GTA consultant will help.
Q: Will filing for bankruptcy affect my spouse?
A: Not directly. But we do recommend that you come see us together to talk about both your options for solving your financial problems.
Q: Will my personal information be kept private?
A: In the case of credit counselling and informal arrangements, absolutely. For formal proceedings like a proposal or bankruptcy, the Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy keeps a record of your filing. A trustee is required to file
your income tax return for the year in which you declare Bankruptcy, so Canada Revenue Agency will also have a record of it. Your creditors will also receive notice once it has been filed with the Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy.
Q: How long does a proposal or bankruptcy stay on my credit record?
A: In Ontario, a consumer proposal stays on your record for three years after it’s completed; a first bankruptcy stays for up to seven years or more.