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Lending Lendership & 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. […]


New Study: How do Canadians feel about credit?

Only 51% of Canadians have savings for an emergency. In the case of an emergency, 35% of Canadians would take out a small loan or pay for it on their credit card, and this increases to 43% of those who are living paycheque to paycheque. 96% of Canadians believe a good credit score is important, […]

CLA Rolls Out Transparency Tool to SME Lenders

TORONTO, January 7, 2019  –  The Canadian Lenders Association (CLA) in collaboration with Navigant and the Innovative Lending Platform Association begins to rollout the SMART Box™ program. SMART Box™ is a pricing disclosure model and comparison tool that will enable Canadian small businesses to better assess and compare their debt finance options. In 2018, SMART Box™ […]

Canadian Alt Lending Sector Grows by 159%

Canada, the second largest market, generated $868 million. The report notes that Canada saw considerable growth, up by 159% from $335 million in 2016 to $868 million in 2017. The Canadian alternative finance market was driven primarily by alternative business funding, which accounted for 61% of the total. The Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF) has published their […]