Anyone who has tried to get a mortgage in the past year or renegotiate one may be in for some surprises with the extra changes that were made last year.
Basically it boils down to whether you’re getting your mortgage CMHC insured or not and if you’re not then sometimes the backs are charging you a % higher. Is this because you are more risky or there have been lots of defaults but it is essentially because they can get a way with it. – See this article in the financial post which may explain it a bit clearer. I suspect that virtually all the new mortgage rules in the past few years have been likely lobbied hard to the government by the banks as it offers them more income, protection and the ability to discourage people from switching institutions.