J. Doug Hoyes

About J. Doug Hoyes

J. Douglas Hoyes, B.A., C.A., CPA, CIRP is a Licensed Insolvency Trustee and co-founder of Hoyes, Michalos & Associates Inc. in Ontario, Canada. He is also the host of Debt Free in 30, a weekly podcast about how to handle money and debt.

Bankruptcy Increases Among the Young and Old

A recent bankruptcy study by my firm found that the average person who files for bankruptcy in Canada is 44 years old.  He is likely to be married, may have a mortgage, and owes almost $53,000 in unsecured debt.  In fact, the clear majority of insolvent debtors, 77%, are between the ages of 30 and […]

Bankruptcy Increases Among the Young and Old

A recent bankruptcy study by my firm found that the average person who files for bankruptcy in Canada is 44 years old.  He is likely to be married, may have a mortgage, and owes almost $53,000 in unsecured debt.  In fact, the clear majority of insolvent debtors, 77%, are between the ages of 30 and […]

Student Loans Under the Bankruptcy & Insolvency Act

The Bankruptcy & Insolvency Act of Canada (the Act or BIA) eliminates most unsecured debts like credit card debt, bank loans, lines of credit and payday loans.  There are, however, certain debts that are excluded under the Act. Student debts are often confusing because some debts can be automatically discharged if you file for bankruptcy […]

How the Economy Influences Bankruptcy and Vice Versa

Individuals file for bankruptcy because they are insolvent. Being insolvent means that they owe more than they own, or do not have the ability to repay their debts as they become due. While the underlying factor is debt, what can cause an individual person to become insolvent is often an unexpected life event like a […]

Divorce and Bankruptcy Law in Canada

Almost one in five insolvencies in Canada (a bankruptcy or consumer proposal) involves someone who has experienced a marital or relationship breakdown.  Often the financial problems occurred long before the divorce. Financial pressures often increase after divorce as two households are now trying to live on the same income as one household did before the […]


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