Most newcomers to Canada (79 per cent) feel it’s important to start building credit history quickly and three-in-four (75 per cent) believe that expert advice is important when it comes to lending or borrowing money, according to an RBC poll.
“Building a new life in a new country is no small feat. Newcomers are faced with a myriad of tasks and decisions to ensure their future success,” said Paul Sy, director, Multicultural Markets, RBC.
“Among these are important financial decisions and professional advice can be critical to overcoming obstacles and challenges in this area. That’s why speaking to a financial advisor, someone who understands the challenges and can provide solutions, is integral to helping newcomers build their lives in Canada.”
The RBC poll also found that most newcomers (68 per cent) say that using credit cards is a smart way to manage their finances and expenses.
“Building credit history is a key step to starting a new life in Canada, but it can also be a significant hurdle for newcomers,” added Sy.
“We recognize this challenge and are committed to providing newcomers with relevant banking solutions to help them get financially established in Canada.”
Sy offers the following three tips to help newcomers build credit in Canada:
Build your credit history
Take advantage of options available to you, such as RBC’s Newcomer to Canada Credit Card program – an unsecured credit card for newcomers with zero credit history. This option also provides access to a second credit card, for a spouse or partner, and will help the cardholders build a credit history together. Credit history is used to establish a pattern on how well you manage your financial obligations and determine how safe it is to lend and do business with you.
Meet the minimum payments
It’s important to pay all of your bills on time, even the ones that seem small and insignificant. Even if it’s just the minimum payment, staying on top of your bills regularly reflects positively towards your credit rating.
Check your credit score
It’s good to know what your current credit score is. You can request a copy of your credit report from either of the two agencies in Canada - Equifax or TransUnion. It’s a good idea to review your credit report in case of any errors or fraudulent activity.
RBC’s Welcome to Canada (www.rbc.com/settlequick) package offers advice and tips to help newcomers get settled in Canada.
It now includes a preferred rate on foreign exchange transactions for newcomers up to 12 months.Posted: May 30, 2012