Accessible credit information enables all kinds of businesses to make informed decisions when extending credit, making promotional offers and facilitating a wide range of other activities that are essential to a healthy market economy. This credit information is based on the millions of updates we receive each month from auto dealers, finance companies, banks, credit unions, mortgage companies, retailers, student loan providers, utility companies, public records and more—for virtually every credit-active adult in Canada.
You can count on objectivity, fairness and integrity. As an impartial third party, we do not create any of the data contained in a credit report. We simply collect, compile and display the information that creditors provide. And we constantly work to maintain that trust.
There are several categories of information found on a credit report: identifying information, credit history, public records, collections, banking information and inquiries.
Identifying Information may include:
Credit History provides an ongoing historical and current record of a consumer's payment activities, including accounts such as:
Public Records may include:
Collection Records may include:
Banking Information may include:
All access to a consumer's credit information is subject to a customer having a permissible purpose and/or appropriate consent as required by applicable laws.
In addition, any consumer remarks and Fraud Victim statements will be displayed.
The contents of a credit report are translated into a credit score, a numerical value that represents overall creditworthiness. Because a credit score is simply a snapshot of a credit report at the time the score was calculated, credit scores may change to reflect changes in the report. While TransUnion may furnish credit scores to customers based on the information contained in an individual credit report, TransUnion does not maintain or update that information in the individual consumer's credit reports.
There are a wide variety of credit scores available and each lender may use a different score, or give more or less weight to the one they use in relation to other factors. In general, the higher a credit score is, the more trust a business will have in that customer's future performance.
Credit scoring models help businesses make faster, more consistent and more precise predictions of how a prospect or customer will behave in a variety of different situations. For example, certain scores predict future credit behaviour, such as the likelihood of paying as agreed, the likelihood of collecting on a delinquent account and more.