If you’re looking for information on Ontario consumer proposal statistics, Debt.ca has a wide range of data available. The number of those who had to file the proposal was 2,626 in January 2020. This is up 23% from 2,135 in comparison to January 2019.

Back in March of 2013, the rate of consumer price inflation was low by historical standards, as prices grew at an average of only 1.2% from the same period in 2012. We’ve seen many changes since then.

A modest increase in prices can spell trouble for those who are already having difficulty paying their bills on time. The average Canadian household had total debts of $71,300 in Q1 of 2019. A rise in consumer prices means that many debtors will be adding more to their debt in 2020 than they did in 2019.

If you live in Ontario and are having trouble paying your consumer debt, there is help for you. This includes debt solutions such as the Canadian consumer proposal. Ontario residents who want to be debt-free should definitely consider this method of debt repayment.

Insolvency & Consumer Proposal Statistics in Ontario

  Ontario Nationwide
  Insolvency Consumer Proposal Insolvency Consumer Proposal
Q4 2021 7,864 5,858 22,999 15,928
Q3 2021 7,225 5,407 21,649 14,909
Q2 2021 7,703 5,515 23,497 15,696
Q1 2021 8,018 6,096 23,824 16,504
Q4 2020 8,224 6,009 23,364 15,509
Q3 2020 7,461 5,481 20,692 13,350
Q2 2020 7,133 5,250 19,151 12,741
Q1 2020 11,174 8,039 33,212 21,769
Q4 2019 11,588 7,976 35,139 21,613
Q3 2019 11,514 7,776 34,690 20,937

Source: https://www.ic.gc.ca/

2019 vs 2020 in Ontario
2020 2019 % Change
Insolvency 33,992 44,852 -32%
Consumer Proposal 24,779 30,275 -22%
Bankruptcy 9,213 14,577 -58%

Source: https://www.ic.gc.ca/

As you can see from the bottom chart, there was a 25% increase in consumer proposals from 2018 to 2019. For those who had to file for bankruptcy, the number went down less than 1%.

An Overview of the Ontario Consumer Proposal

The consumer proposal is a debt solution that provides all of the essential protections of bankruptcy without the associated fees and time in bankruptcy court. In a consumer proposal, residents work with a licensed insolvency trustee to formulate a legal proposal to lower interest rates and settle debts for less than what they owe. After all, it is a legal process.

Once a consumer proposal in Ontario has been put together, it is sent to one’s unsecured creditors for approval. The proposal is binding on all creditors if creditors holding a simple majority of their debt — 51 percent accept the proposal.

A consumer proposal is for those who have a high level of debt and an insufficient amount of assets to have a reasonable chance of paying it off. If you owe up to $250,000 in consumer debt, you will likely qualify for a consumer proposal, although other options will probably be better if you owe less than $10,000. Married couples can have up to $500,000 in debt when filing jointly.

What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of an Ontario Consumer Proposal?

In addition to giving residents with a high level of consumer debt an easier way to pay off debt, there are other advantages of the consumer proposal. Ontario consumers also benefit from:

Convenience— A consumer proposal consolidates debt and you pay it off through the insolvency trustee in one lump-sum payment or in a monthly payment plan.
Asset Protection— A consumer proposal protects your assets from seizure and stops the calls from bill collectors.

However, there are also disadvantages to a consumer proposal in Ontario, such as:

Future Credit— Though it is not a bankruptcy, a consumer proposal impacts your credit score like bankruptcy. In other words, it will be hard for you to get new credit. Your credit report reflects your consumer proposal for a period of three years after you complete it.
Changing Terms— If you miss 3 payments, your legally binding proposal will automatically be annulled. This won’t happen as often in another debt solution such as debt settlement.

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Annual Consumer Insolvency Rates in Ontario

(Per 1,000 Population Aged 18 Years and Older)

Ontario
’11 ’12 ’13 ’14 ’15 ’16 ’17 ’18 ’19 ’20
Insolvency 4.8 4.5 4.1 3.8 3.7 3.6 3.4 3.4 3.8 2.9
Bankruptcy 2.4 2.2 2.0 1.8 1.6 1.5 1.4 1.3 1.3 0.8
Proposal 2.4 2.3 2.1 2.0 2.0 2.1 2.0 2.1 2.6 2.1
Ottawa
Insolvency 4.0 3.8 3.8 3.7 3.6 3.7 3.7 3.8 4.0 2.8
Bankruptcy 2.5 2.2 2.3 2.1 2.0 1.9 1.9 1.7 1.6 1.0
Proposal 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.9 2.1 2.4 1.8
Kingston – Pembroke
Insolvency 5.1 4.9 5.0 4.6 4.7 4.6 4.4 4.3 4.8 3.2
Bankruptcy 3.4 3.0 2.8 2.4 2.4 2.2 1.8 1.9 1.8 1.0
Proposal 1.7 1.8 2.1 2.1 2.2 2.4 2.6 2.4 3.1 2.2
Muskoka – Kawarthas
Insolvency 4.7 5.1 4.5 4.3 3.9 3.8 3.5 3.6 4.0 2.6
Bankruptcy 2.6 2.6 2.4 2.1 1.8 1.6 1.4 1.3 1.2 0.7
Proposal 2.1 2.4 2.1 2.2 2.0 2.2 2.1 2.3 2.7 1.8
Toronto
Insolvency 4.5 4.1 3.7 3.4 3.1 3.0 2.9 2.9 3.4 2.7
Bankruptcy 1.8 1.6 1.5 1.3 1.2 1.1 1.0 0.9 0.9 0.6
Proposal 2.7 2.5 2.2 2.0 1.9 1.9 1.9 2.0 2.5 2.1
Kitchener – Waterloo – Barrie
Insolvency 5.1 4.8 4.3 4.1 3.9 3.7 3.5 3.7 4.1 3.0
Bankruptcy 2.6 2.4 2.2 2.0 1.8 1.6 1.4 1.4 1.4 0.8
Proposal 2.5 2.4 2.1 2.1 2.1 2.0 2.1 2.3 2.7 2.2
Hamilton – Niagara Peninsula
Insolvency 5.5 5.2 4.7 4.2 3.8 3.9 3.3 3.3 3.8 2.8
Bankruptcy 2.7 2.6 2.2 1.9 1.7 1.6 1.3 1.3 1.3 0.8
Proposal 2.8 2.7 2.4 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.0 2.1 2.5 2.0
London
Insolvency 6.7 5.9 5.4 5.1 5.0 4.9 4.2 4.2 4.5 3.2
Bankruptcy 4.0 3.4 3.1 2.6 2.3 2.2 1.7 1.6 1.5 0.9
Proposal 2.7 2.5 2.3 2.5 2.7 2.8 2.4 2.6 2.9 2.3
Windsor – Sarnia
Insolvency 5.9 5.4 5.0 4.3 4.6 4.1 4.0 4.0 4.4 3.1
Bankruptcy 3.8 3.4 3.1 2.3 2.2 2.0 1.8 1.9 1.7 1.0
Proposal 2.1 2.0 1.9 2.0 2.3 2.1 2.2 2.1 2.7 2.1
Stratford – Bruce Peninsula
Insolvency 3.9 3.7 3.5 3.2 3.0 2.9 2.5 2.6 2.6 2.1
Bankruptcy 2.5 2.4 2.1 1.9 1.6 1.6 1.3 1.2 1.2 0.7
Proposal 1.4 1.3 1.4 1.3 1.4 1.3 1.2 2.1 1.5 1.3
Northeast
Insolvency 5.6 5.3 5.4 5.3 5.9 6.5 6.3 6.3 7.1 4.4
Bankruptcy 3.7 3.2 3.2 2.9 3.3 3.2 3.0 2.8 2.7 1.4
Proposal 1.9 2.1 2.2 2.4 2.7 3.3 3.3 3.5 4.4 3.0
Northwest
Insolvency 3.7 3.6 3.0 3.0 3.4 3.4 3.1 3.4 3.5 5.2
Bankruptcy 2.8 2.5 2.1 1.9 2.2 2.0 1.7 2.0 2.0 2.0
Proposal 0.9 1.1 0.9 1.1 1.2 1.4 1.4 1.4 1.6 3.3

Source: https://www.ic.gc.ca/

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