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A personal loan is an excellent way to obtain a lump sum of money for large purchases, home renovations, debt consolidation, vacations, education, and more. In Canada, you must be at least 18 years of age to qualify. Below, you will find the rest of the major eligibility requirements for getting a personal loan.
ID and Proof of Canadian Residency
An ID and proof of residency are required for obtaining any kind of loan in Canada. Banks and financiers want to know whom they are loaning to. A photo ID, driver's license, or passport is usually required, though some institutions may accept a school or work photo ID. Proof of residency consists of a utility bill or other piece of official mail delivered and marked by Canada Post. This shows the lender that you live at the address you claim on your application. Sometimes, if your postal address and the address on your ID do not match, you will need to update your ID before getting a loan.
Access to Your Credit Report
You will need to provide information that allows the lender access to your credit report, as well. Regardless of your credit – whether it is excellent, fair, or bad – the lender will want your credit score in order to determine the risks involved with lending to you. Most of the time, lenders will require your SIN number. There may be alternative routes for checking your credit, but this is typically the most common.
A Co-Signer or Collateral in Some Cases
If you have bad credit, or even a credit score that is on the lower end of the "fair" rating, you may need to provide collateral or present a co-signer for your loan. Collateral may be your car, an expensive piece of jewelry, or anything else of value that the lender will hold until you have paid your balance in full. If you default on your loan, the lender takes ownership of your property and may sell it to recoup their money. If you cannot provide collateral, a co-signer is another option. Essentially, someone who has good credit can sign the loan documentation and assume responsibility for repayment in the event that you default.
Verification of Employment, Income, and Expenditures
Finally, your lender will ask you to verify information like your employment, your income, and various expenditures such as rent, mortgage payments, utilities, food costs, and more. This way, they can determine the amount of disposable income you have each month and consider this in their lending decisions. Lenders will not ask you to repay more than you can afford each month, so it is essential for them to compare your income to your monthly expenses in order to mitigate their risks – and this helps you, too, since you know you can fit their terms into your budget.
The requirements for obtaining a personal loan are not difficult to meet. Be certain to gather all of this information and take it with you if you apply in person with your bank, credit union, or other financier. This makes the process a smooth one, and it may help you get the money you need quickly.
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We know that fine print can be painful, but we believe it's important you have all the facts!
easyfinancial offers a variety of financial services including personal loans, and mortgages. easyfinancial is a division of goeasy Ltd., the leading full service provider of goods and alternative financial services that improve the lives of everyday Canadians. goeasy Ltd. is listed on the TSE under the symbol 'GSY'.
* Approval measured against all lenders providing unsecured credit and lease-to-own products, excluding payday lenders, and based on a random sample of applications before verification.
** Based on the maximum total cost of borrowing under applicable provincial payday loan legislation.
CREDIT SCORE IMPACT
While having a loan and honouring its obligations can help build credit, too many loans may be seen by potential creditors as an increased risk, and failure to meet repayment obligations will result in a negative report to the credit bureaus, which would reduce your credit score. Please borrow responsibly.
Loans from easyfinancial do not automatically renew. Customers have the option to request an increase to their loan after paying down a percentage of their current loan amount and maintaining good payment history. Such a request would be subject to the company's standard underwriting rules.
easyfinancial offers personal loans from $500 to $10,000 with terms from 9 to 48 months. The APR is 46.96%, and there are no additional fees for the loan. easyfinancial does not charge a late fee, but payments returned NSF (non-sufficient funds) will be assessed a $50 fee in addition to fees charged by the customer's financial institution.
easyfinancial contacts customers in arrears as soon as possible through various means including, but not limited to telephone, email, postal mail and SMS. easyfinancial may work with third parties to assist in collections activities.
Purposes for which goeasy Handles Personal Information
goeasy collects and uses personal information for purposes limited to those which are related to its businesses, which include providing household furnishings, appliances, and home electronic products to its customers under lease agreements, staging services, mortgage brokerage services and financial services. We collect personal information primarily from you, for instance through applications and supporting documentation you provide. We may also collect personal information about you through your ongoing interactions with us, from references, employers and other financial institutions you have identified in your application as well as credit bureaus and other third party sources. For example, we may collect personal information from credit bureaus for the purpose of locating you to collect outstanding debts. In connection with loan agreements, we may also collect personal information from credit bureaus in order to verify your current and ongoing creditworthiness and other information you may provide to us.
We may collect and use personal information for purposes such as, but not limited to, the following:
Personal Information goeasy Collects
goeasy limits the amount and type of personal information collected to that which is necessary for our identified purposes, and we collect personal information by fair and lawful means.
Personal information that we collect includes:
Transfers and Disclosures of Personal Information
goeasy may disclose personal information in a number of circumstances, including:
In addition to the above, personal information may be shared between our affiliates or subsidiaries (including those located in the United States) for internal audit, management, billing or administrative purposes including defending and bringing legal actions.
In the course of fulfilling the purposes described above, goeasy may transfer your personal information to service providers, including affiliates or other third party organizations or individuals retained by goeasy to perform functions on its behalf, such as marketing, data processing, customer service, office, security, collections, insurance, financial and taxation services. When personal information is transferred to service providers, we use contractual or other means to ensure that a comparable level of protection is provided. Some of our service providers may be located outside Canada and will be subject to applicable legal requirements in that country including lawful requirements to disclose personal information to government authorities in certain circumstances.
goeasy may also use and disclose personal information in connection with the proposed or actual financing, securitization, insuring, sale, assignment or other disposal of all or part of our business or assets (including your loan or lease and any agreement to which it relates), for the purposes of evaluating and/or performing the proposed transaction. Assignees or successors of our business or assets may use and disclose your personal information for similar purposes as those described in this Policy.
goeasy may disclose your personal information as necessary to meet legal, regulatory, insurance, audit, and security requirements, and as otherwise with your consent or as permitted or required by law.
goeasy uses reasonable safeguards and other security standards to protect all personal information in its custody and control against loss or theft, as well as unauthorized access, disclosure, copying, use or modification, regardless of the format in which the information is held. Safeguards will vary depending on the sensitivity, format, location, and storage of the personal information. Only authorized employees, agents, partners and third parties who require access to personal information to fulfill their job requirements will have access to personal information.
Access and Accuracy
goeasy may establish and maintain a file containing an individual's personal information for the purposes described above, which will be accessible at our offices. Individuals have the right to request access to or correction of their personal information that is held by goeasy. Requests must be made in writing, addressed to goeasy's Privacy Officer as per the contact information set out at the end of this Policy. We will respond to written requests within a reasonable time. Copies of records containing personal information may be subject to a fee. If this is the case, goeasy will inform the individual of the amount of the fee in advance. We will use our best efforts to ensure that personal information is as accurate, complete and up-to-date as necessary for the identified purposes. If an individual successfully demonstrates the inaccuracy or incompleteness of personal information, we will amend the information as required. If we refuse access to personal information or disagree with an assertion that information held by us is incorrect, we will provide a written explanation for such refusal and a description of our complaints procedure should an individual decide to challenge such written explanation. An individual's right to access or correct personal information is subject to applicable legal restrictions. To prevent fraudulent access to the personal information stored by goeasy, we may take reasonable steps to verify an individual's identity before granting access or making corrections.
goeasy's Websites and E-Mail Communication
goeasy does not guarantee the confidentiality of any communications made by you via e-mail or otherwise through our websites. If you wish to provide information of a confidential or sensitive nature to easyhome, please contact us directly by telephone at 1-866-823-3279 or easyfinancial at 1-888-502-3279 to arrange for delivery/transmission of such information by secure means.
In compliance with Google's advertising policies, we use Google Adwords Search Engine Marketing (Pay Per Click) and Display Advertising (Remarketing and Google Display Network). We use Google AdWords Remarketing in compliance with the Google AdWords Interest-Based Advertising Policy, which means that you may see our advertisements on Google and other third party websites on the internet after visiting our website.
We use Google Analytics for Display Advertising, including Remarketing, Google Analytics Demographics and Interest Reporting, Google Display Network Impression Reporting and the DoubleClick Campaign Manager integration. You have the option to opt out of Google Analytics for Display Advertising and customize Google Display Network ads. For all the currently available opt-outs, please visit https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout
We use the data collected through Google Analytics Demographics and Interest Reporting to better understand our website visitors in terms of demographics and interests, to improve our website content in order to cater to our audience, and to customize advertisements based on our audience's interests and demographics.
In certain circumstances, as permitted or required by law, we may collect, use or disclose personal information without the knowledge or consent of the individual. These circumstances include but are not limited to: personal information that is publicly available as defined by regulation; where collection is clearly in the interests of the individual and consent cannot be obtained in a timely way; where disclosure is made for the purposes of collecting a debt owed to us; or to comply with a subpoena, warrant or court order.
Inquiries or Further Information
Privacy Officer, goeasy Ltd.,
33 City Centre Drive, Suite 510
Mississauga, Ontario, L5B 2N5, Canada
If you are not satisfied with our response to a privacy-related matter, you may contact the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada at 1-800-282-1376 or at www.privcom.gc.ca. or in Alberta or British Columbia, your provincial privacy regulator, as applicable.
easyfinancial Services Inc. ("easyfinancial") collects personal information, including your name, address, telephone number, social insurance number, income and other financial information, banking, vehicle, and reference information to confirm your identity and qualify you for the services for which you have applied. From time to time, easyfinancial may share this information with its subsidiaries as well as third party collection agencies whom we engage to assist us in the collection of bad debt or to agencies that acquire bad debt.
The following documents will be required to process your loan:
Please Read Before Signing: As a condition of easyfinancial Services lending me money based on the information provided above, I make the following representation: I am not contemplating filing for bankruptcy within the next four months and have not consulted with an attorney or trustee concerning bankruptcy in the last 2 months.
Please note that easyfinancial Services does not currently lend to or solicit business from U.S. residents or residents of countries other than Canada. Please note that easyfinancial Services does not ever request a security deposit in exchange for processing a loan. Should you receive any such calls or requests, please contact our support centre at 1-888-512-3279.
To protect both you and us, we use services provided by a third-party to help decide whether to accept transactions from personal computers, mobile phones, or other devices. The third-party service checks whether these devices have been identified with fraudulent or abusive transactions in the past, such as reported instances of identity theft, account takeovers, or malware attacks. For this purpose, a cookie file, flash storage token, or other code file may be placed on your device to identify it in the future when you visit our website or connect with our applications. On connection with our site or service, we will transmit that device identification code to the third-party's server, along with data concerning certain technical attributes of your device such as the model, operating system, and browser version, as well as the IP address, all of which are used to confirm device identification. The third-party's server responds with a code recommending that transactions be accepted, denied, or reviewed, according to settings we have selected. We also report to the third-party if we conclude that a device has been used in connection with a fraudulent or abusive transaction with us. If you set your browser or device to reject these cookies or tokens, you may not be able to conclude some transactions through our website or application. We share with the third-party referenced above only information about the device you are using, which may also have been used or appropriated by others, and do not identify you or reveal the details of your transaction to that third-party. If your requested transaction is declined, or if you have questions about our use of a "device reputation" service, please contact Customer Service".