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Home Buyer Incentive Program

Great News for First Time Buyers

Government Incentives that can Help Bring Homeownership Dreams to Reality!

What is the First Time Buyer Incentive Program

The First Time Home Buyer Incentive helps qualified first time buyers reduce their monthly mortgage carrying costs without adding to their financial burdens. Up to 1.25 billion dollars has been set aside to help lower mortgage costs for eligible Canadians, on a First Come First Service Basis.  

Buyers will need to have a minimum down payment to be eligible, which can be from your qualified R.S.P.  Just keep in mind this is a C.M.H.C. insured mortgage program. The total down payment is to be “less” than 20% down. You can then apply for the 5% Down Payment Incentive, giving you an extra 5% down on resale purchases or 10% on new construction.  Simplified, this is a shared equity mortgage program with the Government of Canada. 

The Incentive funds will be a second mortgage on title.  There will be no regular principal payments, no interest and has a maximum repayment term of 25 years or sooner if the property is sold. You can repay the Incentive at any time without a prepayment penalty.  However, the repayment is based on the property’s fair market value.

The Government will share in the upside and downside of the property value upon repayment.   Essentially the government is re-paid by their shared equity from the value of the property.

How the 2019 First Time Buyer Canadian Government Program Down Payment Incentive Works


How Does the First Time Buyer Government Incentive Program Work?

The incentive enables first-time homebuyers to reduce their monthly mortgage payments without increasing their downpayment. The incentive is not interest-bearing and does not require ongoing payments.

Through the First-Time Home Buyer Incentive, the Government of Canada will offer:

  • 5% for a first-time buyer's purchase of a resale home 5% or 10% for a first-time buyer's purchase of new construction
  • An example, you receive a 5% incentive of a resale home that you purchase for $480,000, and you receive a $24,000 incentive, then perhaps your home value increases to $600,000 your payback would be 5% for the current value which would be $30,000. 

Who Can Apply for the Government Incentive Program?

  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and non-permanent residents who are legally authorized to work in Canada
  • Borrowers must have a maximum qualifying income of $120,000
  • Total qualifying income must be $120,000 per year or less
  • This is subject to qualifying income requirements set out by lenders and mortgage loan insurers​
  • ​At least one borrower must be a first-time homebuyer

More Information on the Government Incentive Program

For more First Time Home Buyer Incentive Program Details download more information below. 

Home Buyers Government Incentives Down Payment Program - PDF Download

For additional information on Canadian Government Incentive Programs check out the official CMHC page.

What are the Maximum Purchase Prices with the Incentive Program?

A simple example would be if your combined income is 120,000 x 4 the maximum purchase price would be $480,000 plus your 5% down payment and the 5%  incentive down bringing it up to $528,000.

Higher price if working with 10% down incentives bringing it to over $570,000. For more information check out our Price Chart PDF which contains tables detailing more amounts below.

Maximum Purchase Price Charts - Download the PDF Here

Contact Us!

Call us today at 905-896-3333 for more details for this and other Government Programs available to help you with Home Ownership. Funds are limited, and timing is important, so please ensure to get all the details for a well-planned home purchase.

Your Sutton Realty agent will have a list of resale and new construction developments in your selected area. 

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