How do I correct an error on my credit report?
It is important that you request a copy of your credit report from the two credit-reporting agencies at least once a year to verify that your personal information is up to date, that your financial information is correct, and to ensure that you have not been the victim of identity fraud. You can do this free of charge by contacting both credit bureaus in Canada: Equifax and Trans Union. Lenders will often refuse credit even if it is clear an error has occurred on your credit report, and they will not issue credit until the mistake is rectified.
To correct an error on your credit report, both credit bureaus provide a form to complete and send back to them. When completing this form, be as specific as possible. Once the form is received by the credit bureau and after their investigation, they will either correct the error or not, based on their findings. Should your dispute be valid, the information on your credit report will be changed according. If you do not agree with an item following the credit bureau’s investigation, Equifax and Trans Union websites inform you as to how you can add an explanatory statement to your report.
The contact information for the major credit reporting agencies in Canada are as follows:
Trans Union Canada
Tel: 1-866-525-0262 (For all residents except Quebec)
Tel: 1-877-713-3393 (For Quebec residents)
If you have further questions regarding your credit report, contact our office today.