When the Bank of Canada raises interest rates, it has a direct financial impact on certain Canadian mortgage owners. The bank hiked its policy rate by .75 basis points Wednesday. It’s the fifth consecutive rise in interest rates from the Bank of Canada since March.

On average, hikes to $6,000 in mortgage owners payments will raise monthly mortgage payments by approximately $42 per $100,000 borrowed on new variable or adjustable rate mortgages with a 25-year amortization. The majority of persons with a variable-rate mortgage will not see their payments rise rapidly.

However, for those with an exceptionally low variable rate (around 1.35 percent,) before the central bank began hiking rates, their payments may rise due to the trigger rate.

Prime Rate

Because the prime rate has increased so dramatically, some consumers may not be paying all of their interest. And for a small number of borrowers, they may have to boost their payments…to make up for the additional interest owing, which is known as a trigger rate adjusted payment.

Those who have an adjustable-rate mortgage with fluctuating monthly payments, like most Canadians do, will be severely impacted.

When compared to March 1, when this rate increase cycle began. You’re talking about $154 per month extra payment today, per $100,000 borrowed, if you compare a typical prime minus one percent adjustable rate mortgage between now and then.

The jump in rates will not affect mortgage holders who have a fixed rate. Those with a home equity loan (HELOC) may see their monthly payments rise by around $63 per $100,000 borrowed.

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