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How to calculate your TDSR

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Now that you've calculated your income and calculated your debts it's time to proceed to calculating your Total Debt Servicing Ratio.

From your income calculation you are aware of:

  • Your monthly income
  • your spouse's monthly income (if applicable)
  • income from other sources like rental income, investments, etc.


From your debt calculation you are aware of:

  • Monthly housing costs (mortgage/rent/taxes/and half of your heating bill)
  • car lease or loan payments
  • 3% of your credit card balances
  • 3% of your credit line balances

Simply divide what you are spending by what you are making and you should get a number less than one - If the number is greater than 0.75 - please give us a call immediately to check your math - you may have an issue moving forward and obtaining credit with a financial institution.

Calculating your Debts - How the Banks see your Debts and Bill Payments

Since you have completed Calculating your income it is now time to take a look at where all that income is going. In particular - how much of your pay is being spent on servicing your existing debts?

Banks and other financial institutions are only interested in the following financial obligations when calculating your Total Debt-Servicing Ratio:

  • Rents / Mortgages - payment amount per the agreement - in the case of Mortgages also add the monthly property tax payment amount
  • Loans - payments per the agreement with the creditor
  • Lines of Credit - 3% of the outstanding balance
  • Alimonies / Child Support / Spouse Support - Full monthly payment amount
  • Car Leases / Financing Payments
  • Credit Cards - 3% of the outstanding balances monthly

The following items WILL NOT be factored into your debt-servicing amount:

  • Bill Payments - The Banks are not interested in your cell phone, utilities, gym membership, magazine subscription or anything other than the items listed above.

How to Calculate your Income - In the eyes of financial institutions

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When calculating your TDSR Total Debt-Servicing ratio the following indicates how income should be calculated:

How to calculate your income:

Weekly pay (every week)
Multiply your average paycheque amount by 52 (pay periods per year) and divide by 12 months to get your monthly income number
Bi-Weekly pay (every other week)
Multiply your average paycheque amount by 26 (pay periods per year) and divide by 12 months to get your monthly income number
Bi-Monthly Salary (1st and 15th)
Multiply your pay by 24 and divide by 12
Variable pay amounts (contract work, commission, etc)
Use a period of 30 to 60 days taking into account all income and figure out your average monthly income

Total Debt Servicing Ratio (TDSR)

The total debt-servicing ratio (TDSR) is used by most financial institutions (creditors) to determine if a client should qualify for new credit. Most likely you wonder how it is calculated and how you can demonstrate your credit worthiness to a bank during the application process.

The first thing you need to do is calculate your monthly income as a household. Banks are always looking at a gross numbers for income. In the case of business owners or self-employed individuals they have the ability to 'back-out' business expenses from their gross income prior to listing it (things like cell phone charges, advertising costs, office space rental, etc.)

The second step is to calculate your monthly expenses as the financial institution will see them. Only certain expenses qualify for the calculation including Rent/Mortgage payments, heating bills, debt payments (according to their calculations), Vehicle expenses, and spousal or child support payments.

Credit Reporting Act - Know Your Rights And How To Protect Them!

The Credit Reporting Act protects several rights of the consumers in Canada:

  • Who can access your credit report and do they need authorization to pull your credit bureau?
  • You have the right to place a statement on your credit report - we can show you how.

Learn about your rights and privacy when it comes to the information contained in your credit report.

Your Credit Score - What is it? and how is it used? (Beacon® Score)

The credit score is a number between 300 and 850 that lenders use to determine your credit rating. The credit score is a snapshot of your credit rating at a particular point in time. The higher your credit score the more likely you are to be approved for loans and receive favorable interest rates. The lower your credit score the higher your chance of being declined when applying for credit.

WHEN you are preparing for a major purchase, like a home or vehicle, make sure you review your credit score and report. Looking at your credit report and score some time before your loan application will help you get a complete picture of your credit worthiness. If you have a concern regarding your credit score or credit worthiness please do not hesitate to contact us.

Credit & Debt Resources & Information

Canada Debt Settlements Inc. has compiled information regarding all aspects of credit and debt in Canada. We are constantly adding more information to this section, and we hope that you find these resources useful.

You will find information in this section that discusses the Credit System in Canada, different debt-reduction options, and information about your credit report and the information it contains.

Please start by selecting one of the below categories to get started learning about how credit and debt works for Canadian consumers. If you have any suggestions for new content please do not hesitate to contact us and we would be happy to provide you with the information that you are looking for.

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