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Protecting Canadians’ Interest: Reining in the Payday Lending Industry - ACORN Canada

Protecting Canadians’ Interest: Reining in the Payday Lending Industry

Resource Type: Fair Banking

The payday lending industry is unique in Canada. In most of the country, this billion- dollar business is completely unregulated. And it makes money by openly breaking the law against criminal interest rates. While the Criminal Code clearly states that annual effective interest rates must not exceed 60%, payday lenders typically charge between 300% – 900% and, not infrequently, more than 1,000%. And yet, in spite of this flagrant violation of the law and the harm done to those who regularly borrow from Money Mart and its less well-known competitors,
virtually nothing is being done to crack down on this rapidly growing industry. It’s estimated that there are more than 1,200 payday lending “stores” across Canada. Some have more reprehensible lending and collection practices than others. But all of them share the same core business practice of breaking the law every single day.

Posted July 9, 2015

 

 

Protecting Canadians’ Interest: Reining in the Payday Lending Industry

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