Credit Card After Discharge from Bankruptcy in Canada

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Question: I filed bankruptcy in Canada and was discharged from debt after bankruptcy in 2008. How do I go about getting a credit card? How long do I need to wait before applying for a credit card after bankruptcy?

Answer: There are a number of steps to take to repair your credit after bankruptcy in Canada.  One good step is to get a credit card, but it’s not the first step.

The first step is to save money.  Set a goal to save $1,000, or more, so that you have an emergency fund.

Then, once you have money saved, and you are up to date on all of your monthly bills, you can apply for a secured credit card.  You give the credit card company a deposit of $1,000, or more, and they give you a credit card with a $1,000 limit.  If you are discharged from your bankruptcy, you should qualify.

The credit card appears on your credit report as a normal credit card, so it helps to rebuild your credit.

After a year if your account is in good standing they will return your security deposit.

You can find more information on this page about credit repair with a secured credit card.

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