New Mortgage Rules in Canada
With Canada’s new mortgage rules coming into effect on January 1, 2018, we want to help make sure you know how these changes may affect you. Our TD Mobile Mortgage Specialists are ready to help you understand and guide you through these upcoming changes.
What you need to know about the new mortgage rules in Canada
Whether you’re a buying a home or refinancing, here are the basics of what you need to know about the new mortgage rules:
New rules take effect January 1, 2018:
Home buyers with a down payment of 20% or more will now be subject to stricter qualifying criteria (also known as a "stress test") that would determine whether a homebuyer would be able to afford their principal and interest payments should interest rates increase. This stress test would use either the 5-year benchmark rate published by the Bank of Canada or the customer's mortgage interest rate plus 2%, whichever is the higher.
New rules don’t apply if you’re renewing your Mortgage: The new rules only apply to new mortgage loan agreements. They do not apply when renewing your existing mortgage loan.