The First-Time Home Buyer Incentive (FTHBI) will officially begin on Monday, September 2. The program was initially announced during the Federal Government’s budget launch in March. The down payment assistance program will be administered by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), and has been touted by the feds as a partial solution to the current housing affordability crisis across Canada.
Despite promising to make homeownership more affordable, industry experts are concerned that the program will only help a handful of homebuyers.
How does the FTHBI work?
As the name suggests, it’s available only to first-time homebuyers, and applicants must also meet the following criteria:
earn a household income of less than $120,000 a year
qualify for and purchase mortgage default insurance
make a 5.00 to 14.99 percent down payment from your own resources
limit your mortgage amount plus incentive amount (combined) to no more than four times your household income
purchase a home priced less than $565,000…