Payday Lending


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Payday loans have become increasingly popular since coming to Canada in the early 1990s. Though they offer quick cash when you need it, you may end up paying back more than you anticipated.

New regulations are offering stronger protections designed to provide you with the information you need to make informed decisions about short-term borrowing. These rules will help you develop a better understanding of the costs involved before entering into a credit agreement.

What is a Payday Loan?

A payday loan is a small value, unsecured loan made to a borrower who guarantees repayment with a post-dated cheque or pre-authorized debit. Lenders typically require borrowers to prove three months of continuous employment, produce a recent utility bill in their name to establish address, and have an active chequing account. No credit check is performed.

In Canada, loans typically reach a maximum advance of 50 per cent of the borrower’s net pay. The average loan in Canada is approximately $300 with a term of 10 days to two weeks.