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Downpayment requirements for homes over $500,000

Changes to downpayment requirements coming February 2016

Today Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced changes to down payment requirements. Effective February 15, 2016, the minimum down payment for new insured mortgages will increase from five per cent to 10 per cent for the portion of the house price above $500,000. The five per cent minimum down payment for properties up to $500,000 remains unchanged.


The minimum down payment for new insured mortgages will increase from 5% to 10% for the portion of the house price above $500,000, the finance ministry wrote.

Homes priced at more than $1 million by law require a minimum down payment of 20 per cent. Today's announcement therefore focuses on homes priced between $500,000 and $1 million.


Click here for the government’s official news release.