CMHC Insurance

What is Mortgage Loan Insurance?

Having mortgage loan insurance means that if you, the borrower, default on your mortgage, the lender is paid back by the insurer - CMHC or a Genworth company. With the risk of losing their money removed, lenders have the confidence to make mortgage loans to new and repeat homebuyers of up to 100% of the purchase price of the home.



CMHC's insurance fees are based on a sliding scale dependant upon your loan to value ratio. The higher the loan to value ratio, the higher the insurance premium will be.  CMHC fees are added on to the mortgage amount.




Below are the various rates charged:


Loan To Value             Fee


Up to & incl. 65%                     .50%

                                  Up to & incl. 75%                     .65%

Up to & incl. 80%                   1.00%

Up to & incl. 85%                   1.75%

Up to & incl. 90%                   2.00%

Up to & incl. 95%                   2.75%





a)      Purchase price                       $250,000

         Less 5% down payment          $ 12,500

         Amount borrowed                  $ 237,500

 Insurance fee payable is:

 $237,500.  x  2.75%            $ 6531.25



b)     Purchase price                        $ 500,000

         10% down payment               $ 50,000

         Amount borrowed                  $450,000

Insurance fee payable is:


         $450,000.  x  2.0%                $9,000.00



   When you need a mortgage loan that is more than 80% of the purchase price of your home, you must buy mortgage loan insurance.  It protects the lender and, by law, most Canadian lending institutions require it.  CMHC stands for Canada Mortgage & Housing Corporation.  A private insurer is Genworth, formerly known as G.E.


What does Mortgage Loan Insurance cost?


   Mortgage loan insurance premiums range from O.5% - 2.75% of the amount of your loan. Non income qualifier mortgages & extended amortization mortgage do have higher insurance premiums.


The premium can be added to you mortgage loan and paid off as part of your regular mortgage payments or paid off in a lump sum at the time of purchase to save interest charges on the premium itself.