Information contained on this page does not take into account changes to mortgage insurance parameters announced by the Government of Canada on December 11, 2015. These changes will come into effect on February 15, 2016.
CMHC Quick Reference — Mortgage Loan Insurance
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This table provides an overview of CMHC's common homeowner mortgage loan insurance products.
1st or 2nd Mortgage, Chattel Mortgage
Interest Rate Types (Fixed, Standard, Capped or Adjustable)****
CMHC Green Home
10% premium refund, and a premium refund for a longer amortization period (if applicable).
Refinance for improvements only.
Single or progress advances (up to 4 advances at no cost)
*Down Payment Requirements — Traditional sources of down payment include: Applicant's savings, RRSP withdrawal, funds borrowed against proven assets, sweat equity (<50% of min. required equity), land unencumbered, proceeds from sale of another property, non-repayable gift from immediate relative, equity grant (non-repayable grant from federal, provincial or municipal agency). Non-traditional sources of down payment include: Any source that is arm's length to and not tied to the purchase or sale of the property, such as borrowed funds, gifts and 100% sweat equity.
**Property — For Homeowner Mortgage Loan Insurance, the property can be located anywhere in Canada and must be suitable for, and available for, year round occupancy. At initiation, the home or one unit of the property that secures a CMHC-insured mortgage must be intended for occupancy at some point during the year by a borrower or relative of the borrower on a rent free basis. CMHC homeowner mortgage loan insurance is available to a maximum of one property (1 – 4 units) per borrower/co-borrower at any given time.
***Borrower Eligibility —Permanent residents of Canada include Canadian citizens as well as immigrants that intend to remain permanently in Canada. For borrowers without a Canadian credit history, where the LTV is > 80%, CMHC considers alternative sources of information to validate ability and willingness to repay debts. Newcomer to Canada is a permanent resident to Canada but with no established Canadian credit history. Non-permanent resident is a foreign worker with a valid Canadian Work Permit.
Self-Employed borrowers with traditional income validation — eligible for all CMHC products. To establish income: 2 year average of total income on NOA grossed up by 15% or add eligible expenses to net income.
****The qualifying interest rate used to assess borrower eligibility for all variable rate mortgages regardless of the term, and fixed rate mortgages with a term less than five years, will be the greater of the contractual mortgage interest rate or the five-year benchmark interest rate1. For fixed rate mortgages of 5 years or more, the qualifying interest rate is the contract interest rate.
Mortgages with Multiple Interest Rates (e.g. Multi-Component): Each component must be qualified using the applicable criteria defined above.
*****Debt Service Guideline — Debt service flexibilities are based on an assessment of the strength of the overall application. Satisfying the minimum credit score alone does not automatically entitle the borrower to debt service flexibilities.
Closing Costs — For purchase and refinance transactions, borrowers need to demonstrate the financial capacity to cover closing costs. In cases where the closing costs are paid by the borrower in cash, the Approved Lender should confirm this and document the file accordingly. If closing costs are to be borrowed, the loan payment should be included in the Total Debt Service ratio calculation.