A variety of options to fit your every need.

Whether you’re looking to renovate your home, buy a new car or cover the cost of a much-deserved vacation, we can help you achieve your plans and dreams. We offer competitive rates on a variety of loans, lines of credit* and credit cards, so you can find the right solution for your specific needs.

Choose the option that's right for you

Personal Loan

A flexible loan for a major purchase like a home reno or a car.

Features and Benefits:

    • Fixed or variable rates
    • Weekly, biweekly, semi-monthly or monthly payments
    • Flexible terms (1 to 5 years)
    • Payments via direct deposit, automatic funds transfer, or telephone or online banking

Investment Loan

A lump sum to help you maximize your RRSP contributions.

Features and Benefits:

    • Maximize your RRSP or catch up on missed contributions
    • Benefit from a tax deduction on your contribution today
    • Allows your investments more time to grow tax-free
    • Fixed or variable terms

Outdoor Adventure Loan

Flexible financing to buy an RV, motor home or trailer.

Features and Benefits:

    • Fixed or variable rates
    • Weekly, biweekly, semi-monthly or monthly payments
    • Payments via direct deposit, automatic funds transfer, or telephone banking or online banking
    • Terms of up to 15 years

Personal Line of Credit

Access funds quickly and only pay interest on what you borrow.

Features and Benefits:

    • Finance a major purchase or just be ready for the unexpected
    • Flexible payment options, including interest-only
    • Credit lines from as low as $5,000
    • Low variable interest rate

Secured Line of Credit

Leverage your home equity to access funds at a lower rate.

Features and Benefits:

    • Great for larger projects such as home renovations
    • Flexible payment options, including interest-only
    • Credit lines from as low as $5,000
    • Low variable interest rate

Student Line of Credit

An easy solution to help cover tuition, books and rent.

Features and benefits:

    • Access up to $10,000 per year ($40,000 over four years of study)*
    • Interest-only payments while in school and up to a year after graduation
    • Low variable interest rate

Investment Line of Credit

A line of credit to buy investments through Alterna or Qtrade.

Features and benefits:

    • Revolving line allows you to draw funds as needed
    • Can help maintain recurring deposits to investment accounts
    • Flexible repayment options, including interest-only
    • Credit lines from as low as $5,000

Contact us today and we can help you pick the right option for your needs.

Loan Calculator

Use our Loan Calculator to help determine how much you can borrow and what your repayment schedule might be.


Understanding the Key Factors of a Good Credit Score and Its Importance

Understanding the factors that contribute to a good credit score and why it is essential is paramount for financial well-being.

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Are you getting the most out of your credit card? These tips can help enjoy the perks while avoiding hefty interest charges.

How to use your line of credit

A line of credit acts as a preset borrowing limit. It provides you with the flexibility to access extra money quickly when you need it.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

In Canada, credit scores typically range from 300 to 900, with higher scores indicating better creditworthiness. This score is generated based on various factors related to your credit history and financial behaviour. It serves as a measure of how likely you are to repay borrowed money responsibly. Lenders, landlords, and even employers may use your credit score to assess your reliability and trustworthiness.

Lenders use various factors to calculate credit scores that could include:

  • Credit Utilization: This reflects the percentage of your available credit that you're currently using. Keeping this ratio low is generally considered favorable.
  • Length of Credit History: The longer your credit history, the better. It allows lenders to see your borrowing and repayment behavior over an extended period.
  • New Credit: Opening multiple new credit accounts in a short period can be perceived as risky behavior and may negatively affect your credit score.
  • Payment History: This is the record of your payments on credit accounts, including credit cards, mortgages, and other loans. Late payments or defaults can negatively impact your credit score.
  • Types of Credit in Use: This considers the various types of credit you have, such as credit cards, mortgages, and installment loans. A diverse mix can positively impact your credit score.

There are several types of credit scores available. Typically, the higher the score the better. A higher credit score makes it easier to qualify for loans and credit cards, often with more favorable terms, such as lower interest rates. Monitoring your credit score is important for financial planning and managing your overall credit health.

Improving your credit score takes time and consistent effort. Here are some steps you can take to boost your credit score:

Check your credit report:
Obtain a copy of your credit report from each of the major credit bureaus (Equifax and TransUnion). Review the reports for any errors or inaccuracies. Dispute any discrepancies you find.

Pay your bills on time: Timely payment of your bills, including credit cards, loans, and utilities, is crucial for a good credit score.

Reduce outstanding debt: Aim to lower your credit card balances and other outstanding debts.

Diversify your credit mix: Having a mix of different types of credit, such as credit cards, installment loans, and a mortgage, can positively impact your credit score.

Be patient: Improving your credit score is a gradual process. It takes time to establish a positive credit history and demonstrate responsible financial behavior.

Seek professional advice if needed: If you're facing significant credit challenges, consider consulting with a credit counselor or financial advisor for personalized guidance. Remember, consistent and responsible financial habits are key to improving and maintaining a good credit score. It's essential to be patient and persistent in your efforts.

To Access Better Loan Terms

Whether you’re buying a home, financing a car, or seeking a personal loan, a good credit score can lead to lower interest rates and more favourable terms. This can translate into significant savings over the life of the loan.

Rental Accommodations

Landlords often review credit scores as part of the tenant screening process. A good credit score can enhance your chances of securing desirable rental accommodations.

Employment Opportunities

Some employers may review credit reports as part of the hiring process, especially for positions involving financial responsibility or access to sensitive information. A good credit score can bolster your credibility as a candidate.

Utility Services

Providers may check your credit score when setting up utility services such as electricity, gas, or internet. A higher score may lead to better terms. Cell phone companies may also use credit bureau inquiries to determine if you are eligible for monthly billing or restrict you to pay-as-you-go plans.

Building Financial Security

Ultimately, a good credit score is an asset that opens doors to financial opportunities and stability. It allows you to qualify for better financial products and confidently navigate life’s milestones.

There are two main credit bureaus in Canada:

  • Equifax
  • TransUnion

You can request a copy of your credit report from either bureau.

Credit Bureau agencies will allow you request your personal credit report for free and with no impact to your scores. In fact, reviewing your credit report regularly can help you to ensure that the information the credit reporting companies share with lenders is accurate and up-to-date.

A hard check generally occurs when a financial institution, such as a lender or credit card issuer, checks your credit when making a lending decision. They commonly take place when you apply for a mortgage, loan or credit card, and you typically have to authorize them.

A hard inquiry could lower your credit score. In most cases, a single hard inquiry is unlikely to play a huge role in whether you’re approved for a new card or loan.

A soft check typically occurs when a person or company checks your credit as part of a background check. This may occur, for example, when a credit card issuer checks to see if you qualify for certain credit card offers. Your employer might also run a soft inquiry before hiring you.

Unlike hard inquiries, soft inquiries won’t affect your credit scores.

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*Approval and credit limit are subject to Alterna’s credit approval criteria.

†Payment Protection Legal Disclaimer:
Creditor’s group insurance coverage is optional and is underwritten by Co-operators Life Insurance Company. Supporting services, such as enrollment intake, medical underwriting and claims administration are provided by the employees of CUMIS Services Incorporated. Coverage is governed by the terms and conditions of the creditor’s group insurance policy issued to the creditor and is subject to terms, conditions, exclusions and eligibility requirements. See the Product Guide and Certificate of Insurance for full coverage details.

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