Fertility & Adoption Loans

Fertility & Adoption Loans – Application Forms Here

Q: What is a fertility & adoption loan?

A: It is an interest-free loan for Jewish residents of Ontario (excluding Ottawa) in need, particularly for those with limited financial resources and difficulty borrowing from other sources such as banks, credit cards, family and friends. This type of loan is intended to help with the high costs of expenses associated with fertility treatments or adopting a child.

Q: What is the maximum amount that can be borrowed for a fertility & adoption loan?

A: The current maximum for a fertility & adoption loan is $10,000. A person may apply for a lesser amount, as needed.

Q: How do I apply?

  1. Visit the JFLT offices and complete an application form. Or, go to the download page here. JFLT staff will be pleased to answer any questions about the application form. Or you can call (416-635-1217), visit the office (4600 Bathurst Street, just north of Sheppard Avenue) or email the office at info@jewishfreeloan.ca
  2. If you are applying for a loan for IVF, please include a letter from your doctor specifying the total cost, the number of expected treatments and the likelihood of success.
  3. Return all documents to JFLT offices with original signatures. Once JFLT receives all completed documents, your loan interview will be arranged.
  4. Come in for a personal interview. Each applicant meets with one or two members of the loan committee and goes over basic personal and financial information that will help the committee make their decision.

Q: When and where do the loan committee meetings take place?

A: The loan committee usually meets every two weeks on Tuesday nights in the Lipa Green Centre for Jewish Community Services on Sherman Campus, 4600 Bathurst Street.

Q: How do the members of the loan committee make their decisions?

A: The decision to grant a loan is made by a loan committee made up of volunteers from the Jewish community.

Q: I need a loan urgently. Do I need to wait until the next loan committee meeting?

A: In rare situations, JFLT can get a member of the volunteer loan committee to meet with you. However, all loan decisions are made by JFLT’s loan committee at its regular meetings and this interview may not speed up the process. Check with the office to determine if your case may be eligible for such special consideration.

Q: I will be providing JFLT with a lot of personal and confidential information. Is it going to be protected?

A: Yes. All information provided to the agency is kept in strict confidence, and is discussed only among the members of the loan committee. No other person or organization has access to the information.

Q: If I am approved, how soon can I get the money?

A: We encourage applicants to call us the day after their interviews to get their loan results. If your interview took place on a Tuesday evening, it is possible that you could get your loan funds by the end of the week.

Q: What is the repayment schedule for fertility & adoption loans?

A: Fertility & adoption loans are repaid at the rate of $175 per month.

Q. How do I make my monthly loan payments?

A. JFLT will take your monthly loan payment directly from your bank account by Direct Electronic Funds Transfer (DEFT). When you pick up your loan cheque, you must provide us with a VOID cheque and sign a DEFT agreement form. Payments will be deducted from your bank account on either the 1st or 15th of each month until your loan is paid in full.

Q: Can I lower or increase my monthly payments?

A: Yes. In certain cases, if the borrower is facing difficult financial circumstances, JFLT may accept a lower monthly payment. This situation must be discussed with our office. Borrowers are free to increase the payments if they wish to pay back the loan faster.

Q: What happens if my application is rejected by the loan committee?

A: You can write a letter of appeal providing additional information in support of the loan. The loan committee will review the application and will make a final decision to either approve or deny your loan application. There is no appeal process after this second discussion by the loan committee.

Q: What happens if I cannot keep up with the monthly payments?

A: Do not miss a loan payment. Call the office to discuss your special circumstances. If your payment is returned by your bank as unpaid, the office will contact you. If the amount owed cannot be collected, JFLT will proceed to Small Claims Court.

Q: I had another JFLT loan a number of years ago. Can I apply for a new one?

A: Yes. You will have to go through the application process again.

Q: Can I apply for a personal, business and student loan at the same time?

A: No. You have to decide which type of loan is most useful for you and apply for that one only. You may have multiple types of loans active at the same time however, as long as your total amount outstanding does not exceed our maximum amount.

Q: Is there a penalty if I pay off the loan earlier than the due date?

A: No.

Q: Can two members of the same family apply independently for separate fertility and adoption loans?

A: No. The maximum fertility and adoption loan for a family unit living together is $10,000.

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