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Covid-19 Small Business Survey Results (CLA)

Toronto, May 26th, 2020 – Canadian Lender Association has completed a comprehensive national survey in cooperation with its fintech lenders. CLA members finance over 100,000 micro, small and medium sized businesses nationally. The survey results indicate that even with the deployment of the Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP), small businesses struggle to overcome liquidity issues. […]

Misrepresentation of Insolvency Trustees

Truth in Advertising for Insolvency Trustees and Standardization of Public Disclosures  May 25, 2020, Ottawa – The CLA has serious concerns regarding the recent representations made by certain insolvency trustees on mainstream and social media, either via advertising or through public statements. It is our view that any advertising that encourages consumers to consider bankruptcy […]

FDATA North America Endorses Canadian Lenders Association’s Proposal

April 24, 2020, Washington, DC & Toronto – The Financial Data and Technology Association (FDATA) North America today announced its endorsement of the Canadian Lenders Association (CLA) proposal to include financial technology (fintech) participation in Canada’s COVID-19-related financial relief programs for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). While Canada’s Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) should provide […]


Lending Leadership & Ideas

The Canadian Lenders Association is committed to sharing ideas nationally to help educate borrowers and share best practices with lenders. We use online panel technology provided by to host informative discussions and fireside chats. These ideas are shared via Linkedin to reach a wide social audience. See our Leaders-in-Lending Series We host private dinners […]

Lending Resources & Services

Our Lending Resources and Services Committee is responsible for partnerships that drive incremental value for our lenders. An example is our SMART Box, capital comparison standard, launched in partnership with the ILPA

Lending Advocacy & Regulatory Services

CLA’s Advocacy and Regulatory Principles Through advocacy with all levels of government and with other trade associations in the marketplace, the Canadian Lenders Association’s Advocacy and Regulatory Committee supports the following principles: We support transparency throughout the Canadian marketplace and will support changes to legislative and regulatory frameworks that encourage and enhance transparency for borrowers. […]