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CMHC Mortgage Insurance Rates

To obtain CMHC Mortgage Loan Insurance, lenders pay an insurance premium. Typically, your lender will pass these costs on to you. Your lender will give you the exact price when you apply for a mortgage.


The CMHC Mortgage Loan Insurance premium is calculated as a percentage of the loan and is based on the size of your down payment. The higher the percentage of the total house price/value that you borrow, the higher percentage you will pay in insurance premiums.


Remember: without mortgage insurance you may avoid the insurance premium but you’ll typically pay much higher interest rates and additional administrative fees. At the end of the day, for the vast majority of borrowers, the cost of CMHC Mortgage Loan Insurance is more than fully offset by the savings achieved.


A 10% premium refund may be available when CMHC Mortgage Loan Insurance is used to finance an Energy-Efficient Homes.


Loan-to-ValuePremium on Total Loan (Purchase)Premium on Increase to Loan Amount for Refinance
Standard (Salaried and Self Employed with Income Validadation)Self-Employed without 3rd Party Income ValidationStandard (Salaried and Self Employed with Income Validadation)Self-Employed without 3rd Party Income Validation**
Up to and including 65%0.60%1.75%0.50%1.50%
Up to and including 75%0.75%3.00%2.25%2.60%
Up to and including 80%1.25%4.45%2.75%3.85%
Up to and including 85%1.80%6.35%N/AN/A
Up to and including 90%2.40%8.05%N/AN/A
Up to and including 95%3.15%N/AN/AN/A
90.01% to 95% —
Non-Traditional Down Payment***
3.35%N/AN/AN/A
Maximum insured amortization period – 25 Years


For portability and refinance, the premium is the lesser of Premium on Increase to Loan Amount or the Premium on Total Loan Amount. In the case of portability, a premium credit may be available under certain conditions.


* For portability the maximum LTV ratio is 90%, but CMHC may consider higher LTV ratios when the new ratio is equal to or less than the original LTV. For portability, the premium is higher for non-traditional down payments on Increase to Loan Amount.


** For conversion from Self-Employed with traditional 3rd party income validation to Self Employed without traditional 3rd party income validation, the premium is the lesser of: a) the Premium on Total Loan Amount or; b) the outstanding balance multiplied by a 1.5% premium plus the Premium on Increase to Loan Amount.


*** 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, 100% sweat equity, lender cash back incentives.


Premiums in Ontario are subject to provincial sales tax. The provincial sales tax cannot be added to the loan amount.



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