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Op-Ed: Non-prime Lending Ensures Access to Credit for Eight Million Canadians

Op-Ed: Non-prime Lending Ensures Access to Credit for Eight Million Canadians by Gary Schwartz, originally published in The Hill Times.   If we focus on the wrong solution, the result will be an unintended outcome of reducing access to credit, pushing non-prime Canadians to high interest payday lenders, and keeping them in cycles of debt […]

Why Auto Finance Players are Digitizing Sales For Future Growth

This article was authored by CLA member company RNDPoint. Total lockdowns caused by the pandemic led to tremendous development of digital technologies. Now, every industry has adopted digital solutions. Total digitization has become not only a modern trend but the inescapable, inevitable future. In the article, we’ll try to reveal the current situation in the […]

Celebrating Pride at the Canadian Lenders Association

June is Pride Month, which means that companies and individuals are taking the time to uplift LGBTQ+ voices, celebrate LGBTQ+ culture and commemorate its history. From Google filters to Amazon’s specifically curated film series and reading lists, companies big and small participate in some way each year, either out of PR obligation or genuine enthusiasm.  […]

Lily Cook from the CLA reviews the LendIt Fintech’s USA 2022 

The Canadian Lenders Association partnered with LendIt Fintech for the recent event, LendIt Fintech USA, which took place at the Javits Center in New York City from May 25-26. Speakers included executives from Chime, Goldman Sachs, Mastercard, Nubank, Visa, FirstBank, and HSBC, among about 350 others.  After a brief keynote from 100-day-young Mayor of New […]

Microfinance Software: Solving The Problem Of Solvency

Microfinance Software: Solving The Problem Of Solvency by RNDpoint The post-pandemic world has poised the microfinance industry for change. On one hand, due to the high demand for funds from small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and households, microfinance institutions (MFIs) have experienced growth in customer numbers. On the other hand, some forecasts say that the […]

Is AI Still A “Black Box” For The Financial Industry?

According to a forecast made by Statista Research Department in March 2022, the global Artificial Intelligence market is expected to grow up to $126 billion by 2025. Despite the traditional nature of the banking sector, financial institutions (FIs) joined the race as well.  Is AI a real all-in-one solution for FIs and FinTech? What drawbacks […]

The Role of Non-Dilutive Growth Capital for Funding Startups & SMBs

Non-dilutive capital—which refers to capital a business owner receives without requiring them to give up equity—is a popular and growing form of alternative financing for Canadian startups and SMBs.   Debt capital markets have lagged behind equity markets as a viable financing instrument for startups and SMEs. Historically, lenders and providers have been few and far […]

International Women’s Day: CLA Member Case Study

Today we have an opportunity to reflect on all the work that has been accomplished to make Canadian financial services a gender-inclusive industry and all the work that has yet to be done. In honor of International Women’s Day, we would like to celebrate a few positive developments and highlight areas for future growth.  CLA […]

Loan Monitoring and Early Warning System Raise Green Flag for Avoiding NPAs Deterioration in Microfinance Organizations

In recent years, the financial sector has been suffering from a ballooning number of bad loans and non-performing assets (NPAs). Despite decent  performance showing 8% NPAs rate on June 30, 2020, the figures are expected to shoot up to 10-11% on March 31, 2022, according to S&P Global’s research.  While traditional banks and large financial […]

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Content & Resources

The Canadian Lenders Association is committed to publish world-class research and thought leadership on key topics impacting fintech lending. The CLA’s white papers provide thoughtful analysis and insights into trends and opportunities across the sector. Our research and thought leadership offers key insights into the fintech ecosystem. With the acceleration of digitization, including automation and […]

Policy & Standards

The Canadian Lenders Association is committed to working with all stakeholders in the community to advance policy and standard at a provincial and federal level. Our Policy Committee works closely with government and other association to advocate for borrowers making sure all lenders must uphold with the values of the CLA and comply with regulatory […]