In this video, Richard Killen, a Toronto-based Licensed Insolvency Trustee talks about, How long a Bankruptcy lasts.

There tends to be some general misunderstanding about how long a bankruptcy lasts. People hear things about this 7 years business, not being able to obtain credit, and things like that. But, essentially a bankruptcy is a legal process, it has a beginning and it has an end. It begins when you file for bankruptcy. It ends when you are discharged from the bankruptcy and therefore from your debts. So, how long will it last? Well, for the majority of people who have gone bankrupt, it’s their first and hopefully only bankruptcy, they are eligible for the discharge to take place in nine months. If they earn above a certain pre-set amount, an amount the Government sets for your monthly income, then if you earn more than that, bankruptcy might be extended by 12 months, from 9 to 21 months. If you have been bankrupt once before, you are going to be eligible to be discharged automatically in 24 months, not nine. And if you earn again, above that amount, then you will get the 12 months tacked onto that too, so you will end up being bankrupt for 36 months. So, generally speaking, a person goes bankrupt, they are bankrupt either 9 or 24, or 21 or 36 depending on the circumstances. Now, there are other factors that come into play, that could extend the bankruptcy, it would result in a person having to go to court to get their discharge and all that. Now, those are the kinds of things a Trustee needs to explain to you. And there are so many different variables.

If you are uneasy about bankruptcy you should definitely visit a licensed insolvency trustee so that you will be given an advice about your bankruptcy problems.