What is a credit score?

A credit score is an overall review and judgement of your financial health at a specific point in time. It indicates your credit health at that time and the level of risk that you represent to lenders. Credit scores can range from a score of 300 to 900, with a higher score signifying a higher level of credit health. Therefore, the higher the score, the less chance of risk that you represent to lenders. Your credit score can be found on a credit report. The credit report is a snapshot of your credit history. This report includes companies that have lent money to you in the past. This could include banks, credit card companies, credit unions, retailers, cell phone carriers and more. The most common credit report companies in Canada are Equifax and TransUnion. Individuals can obtain their credit report from these companies to review their credit score and overall credit health.