In this video, Richard Killen, a Toronto-based Licensed Insolvency Trustee talks about, What Happens To My Debts If I Go Bankrupt.
People sometimes ask me what is really happening with regards to my debts if I go bankrupt or if I do a consumer proposal? The first thing that happens with regards to your debt, when a person does a bankruptcy or proposal, the first thing that happens is a Stay Of Proceedings goes into effect. It’s kind of like a wall that goes up and separates them from their debts, from their creditors. This Stay Of Proceedings prevents the creditors from being able to continue to pursue them for the money. So, the first thing that happens is that you get this relief from the creditors who you are delinquent with. But eventually, when you go bankrupt or do a proposal, you are essentially trying to get to debt free land. And, when you get your discharge from the bankruptcy, or when you get the certificate at the end of the proposal, to show that you have paid the proposal in full, essentially you have reached debt-free land. So, what happens at the end is, basically, you are no longer responsible for all the debts you had on the date you went bankrupt. Now there is an exception to that, that exception, of course, is a secured creditor. A secured creditor, if you own a home or a car, and you want to keep the car, then you are going to have to keep paying that creditor throughout the bankruptcy or proposal in order to retain the asset.
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.