Bank of Canada Raises Rates

As predicted, the Bank of Canada raised its benchmark interest rate yesterday for the first time since 2018.  Prime has increased from 2.45% to 2.7%.

Positive Highlights from today’s announcement:

  • Economies are emerging from Omicron quicker than anticipated
  • Household spending remains consistent and should continue to increase
  • COVID restrictions have eased and supply demand is improving.

“Economic growth in Canada was very strong in the fourth quarter of last year at 6.7%. This is stronger than the Bank’s projection and confirms its view that economic slack has been absorbed.”

Concerns noted in today’s announcement:

  • The impact of the Ukraine/Russia situation is affecting global economies
  • All are trending cautiously with new COVID variants still among us
  • Poor harvests and higher transportation costs have pushed up food prices. 

What does all this mean for your mortgage?

  • This means that interest payments on products like variable rate mortgages and lines of credit will now be higher than they were last month.
  • Mortgage holders shouldn’t rush to make radical changes to their mortgage rate because of the interest rate increase.  
  • There are pros and cons to both variable and fixed mortgages.  Remember, a 25 bps increase is equivalent to an increase in payment of $12/$100,000 of mortgage so with a $400,000 mortgage, the payment will increase approximately $50/month.
  • The average 5-year fixed rate is sitting around 2.99% to 3.24%.

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Read the full BoC report here.