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Mortgages for Newcomers to Canada

A beautiful new country, are you looking for a new home to go with it? We'll help you land a mortgage that works (better). There are new restrictions and requirements for buying a home until at least 2025 — we can help you sort out the details.

Foreign Buyers Ban effective January 1, 2023

  • Canada has in place a 2-year ban on foreign buyers
  • Exceptions include permanent residents, refugees, and temporary workers (though with eligibility requirements imposed for home buying)
  • Read more here. Have questions? Give us a call today

New to Canada, eh? Take the first step to owning a home.

Dream of owning a home in Canada? Our friendly, highly-trained brokers can help you take the first step. We'll outline your requirements, take you through your options, and provide your best qualifying rate. And when you're ready, we can complete your mortgage over the phone, online, or at one of our store locations.

We deal with the banks and lenders for you, and you'll get great, unbiased advice to save more on your first mortgage in Canada.

All three mortgage default insurance companies (CMHC, Sagen and Canada Guaranty) provide their own New to Canada Program, making insured-mortgage financing available to borrowers with permanent and non-permanent residence status (subject to federal eligibility requirements).

We make it easy to find a great broker who speaks your language.

At True North Mortgage, our diverse and helpful brokers come from many backgrounds. Follow the Find Your Agent link and you can look for a broker based on your preferred language (see the list in the drop down menu). Across Canada, we work hard to provide easier mortgage access, at your best rates.

Features of the Newcomer mortgage programs

  • Newcomers with permanent resident status have access to all CMHC, Sagen and Canada Guaranty mortgage insurance products (subject to product-specific eligibility requirements).
  • For permanent residents, where there is limited Canadian credit history and where foreign credit bureaus are not available, alternative sources of payment history may be considered for Loan-to-Value (LTV) ratios up to 95%.
  • Newcomers with non-permanent resident status are subject to federal eligibility requirements and may have access to insured financing of up to 90% LTV ratio for the purchase of a 1-unit, owner-occupied residential property.
  • No additional fees or premiums as a result of residency status — standard product-specific premiums apply.

Benefits of these programs

  • Access to Homeownership. Newcomers with permanent residence status can purchase a home with as little as 5% down payment.
  • Competitive Interest Rates. Access to insured financing, and as a result, competitive interest rates from many banks in Canada.
  • Availability. Coast-to-coast-to-coast, with no set maximum loan amount.

Need an expert broker who speaks your preferred language?

  • Click here: Find Your Agent
  • In the drop-down menu, select your friendly True North expert based on your preferred language
  • Give them a call, send them an email, or call our main line for help!

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