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Current British Columbia mortgage rates

The rate table shows 5-year fixed mortgage rates in British Columbia. To compare other rate types and terms, click on the filters icon beside the down payment percentage.

As of:

RateProviderPayment

Big 6 Bank

$2,621

Bank of Montreal

$2,678

Scotiabank

$2,705

RBC Royal Bank

$2,717

TD Bank

$2,751

Canadian Lender

$2,802

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Guide to getting the best BC mortgage rates

We help you find and compare the best rates from the Big 5 Banks, small banks, credit unions and BC’s best mortgage brokers, at no cost to you. Using our rate tables, you can compare the most current mortgage rates instantly, all in one place. By comparing the best mortgage rates and products in BC, you'll save yourself thousands of dollars and find the right mortgage for you. 

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British Columbia at a glance

  • Population: 5 million - 3rd largest in Canada after Ontario and Quebec
  • Average Household Income: $69,995
  • Percentage of Homeowners: 68%

British Columbia housing market: May 2024 update

On May 15, 2024, the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) released the most recent national housing market figures for the month of April 2024. After getting off to a strong start in the first couple of months of 2024, the BC housing market has slowed down somewhat. The latest data indicates that a total of 7,491 residential properties changed hands in British Columbia over the course of April, only slightly up on an annual basis by 0.5%, but well ahead of the previous month’s total of 6,460. New listings improved massively by 51% on a year-over-year basis, with a total of 18,521 homes coming to market (a big increase from the previous month’s total of 14,380).

Despite the influx of new listings, BC home buyers still face the highest prices in the nation. The average home price in BC stood at $1,008,497 in April 2024, up by 1.6% annually, though this is slightly below March’s figure of $1,018,279. The increase in new listings did help buying conditions to slacken in the province, heading deeper into buyers’ market territory. The sales-to-new-listings ratio (SNLR), which CREA uses to gauge buyer competition in the marketplace, fell by a whopping -20.4% on an annual basis, coming in at 40.4%. This figure is also well below March’s SNLR of 44.9%. CREA considers a ratio between 45 - 65% to represent a balanced housing market, with above and below that threshold reflecting sellers’ and buyers’ markets, respectively.

Read more: National home sales fall in April as buyers stick to the sidelines

April 10, 2024: Bank of Canada announcement highlights

On April 10, 2024, the Bank of Canada announced that it would maintain the target for the overnight rate at 5.00%.

  • The Bank indicated a number of economic indicators as the drivers of its decision, in particular a stalled economy and slacker labour market conditions. While the Bank noted the progress in the struggle to tamp down runaway inflation, it cited February’s CPI of 2.8% as evidence that rates needed to stay higher for longer if we are to get inflation down to the Bank’s goal of 2%.
  • With the Bank’s decision to hold rates for the sixth time in a row and no indication of rate cuts coming any sooner than the latter half of 2024, holders of variable-rate mortgages and home equity lines of credit (HELOC) will need to remain patient before they see their rates and payments go down.
  • Fixed mortgage rates are tied directly to the bond market rather than to the Bank of Canada’s decisions. That said, the Bank’s announcements and commentary can shift bond yields. However, with this most recent rate hold widely anticipated, the bond market has reacted minimally. In consequence, we can expect lenders to keep their fixed mortgage rates stable for the near future.
  • As the Bank is continuing its “wait and see” approach adopted several months ago, this announcement is unlikely to have much effect on home prices. The prospect of future rate cuts towards the end of this year and into 2025 has already incited buyers to re-enter the housing market in significant numbers.

How do I get the best mortgage in BC? 

Thanks to some beautiful countryside, some of the most livable cities in the world, as well as a busy local and tourist economy, British Columbia is home to a vibrant mortgage and real estate industry. You'll find all the Big 5 Banks and numerous national banks and credit unions here, as well as local banks and credit unions like VanCity Savings Credit Union and Coastal Capital Savings Credit Union. To find the best mortgage rates available in BC right now, consult the rate tables above. 

However, the mortgage with the lowest rate is not always the best mortgage for you. The ideal mortgage is the one that best suits your needs and financial situation. It's critical to shop around and consult a mortgage broker who can provide you with expert, personalized advice and guidance, all for free. 

What factors affect the mortgage rate I get?

The mortgage rates available in BC are only one part of the equation. Your financial situation will greatly determine what rates you’re actually able to qualify for. Here are the most important factors that will affect your personal mortgage rate: 

  • Down payment: All property purchases in Canada require a down payment. The minimum down payment ranges from 5% to 20%, depending on how expensive the property is. If your down payment is under 20%, you’ll be required to take out mortgage default insurance (often called CMHC insurance). While having an insured mortgage will cost you more overall, it allows you to access lower mortgage rates, as there’s less risk to your lender. That said, it’s almost always better to put in a larger down payment if you can afford to do so, even if your mortgage rate ends up being slightly higher, as you will still save more overall through the life of your mortgage by not having to pay for mortgage insurance. Remember that BC - and Vancouver in particular - is more expensive than the rest of Canada. In the Greater Vancouver area, where the average home price is over $1 million, a 20% minimum down payment is often required, as homes priced over $1 million are not eligible for mortgage default insurance. 
  • Amortization period: Mortgages with amortization periods above 25 years can’t be insured and therefore come with higher mortgage rates. However, a longer amortization period will give you more time to pay off your mortgage thereby lowering your monthly payments. You can use our amortization calculator to see how your monthly payments would vary under different amortization length scenarios. 
  • What the property will be used for: Mortgage rates are lower for properties that are owner-occupied, rather than those that are occupied by renters.
  • Mortgage type: Mortgages for renewals and purchases typically have lower rates than mortgages for refinancing.
  • Income and credit score: With prices in BC being as high as they are, lenders will be especially vigilant about making sure that you’ve got a steady source of income and a good credit history. You can learn more about how to understand your credit score elsewhere on our site. 

Historical trends in BC mortgage rates

BC mortgage rates rise and fall, as do rates throughout Canada. Have a look at this interactive graph showing the lowest mortgage rates in the country over the last several years to give you an idea of how today's rates compare historically.

Source: Ratehub Historical Rate Chart


British Columbia land transfer tax

If you purchase property in British Columbia, you’ll be required to pay the provincial land transfer tax. This is sometimes forgotten by home buyers, despite being one of the largest closing costs associated with buying a home.

In BC, land transfer tax is based on the cost of the property, with a marginal tax rate that increases with the purchase price. 

Purchase Price BC land transfer tax rate
0 - $200,000 1.0%
$200,000 - $2,000,000 2.0%
$2,000,000 - $3,000,000 3.00%
$3 million + 3.00% for non-residential property
5.00% for residential property

BC first-time home buyer rebate

First-time home buyers in British Columbia may be eligible for a full or partial rebate of the BC land transfer tax for property purchases of less than $525,000. The full tax may be eligible for a rebate if the price is less than $500,000, while a partial rebate may apply for home worth between $500,000 and $525,000.

It’s best to speak to a BC mortgage broker to determine your eligibility. For information on other opportunities for first-time homebuyers, read our guide to first-time home buyer incentives in Canada.

BC home buyer protection period

On July 21, 2022, the government of British Columbia introduced a home buyer protection period that allows home buyers to back out of a residential purchase up to three business days after they have signed a contract. The goal of this legislation is to ensure that home buyers have the opportunity to arrange for home inspections, secure financing or otherwise conduct due diligence. If, after conducting due diligence, you wish to back out of the deal, there is a relatively low cancellation fee of 0.25% of the purchase price, or $250 for every $100,000. As an example, the cancellation fee for backing out of a deal to buy a $1-million home would be $2,500. The home buyer protection period came into effect on January 1, 2023. 

For more information, check out these helpful pages and articles!

Sources:

  1. Statistics Canada
  2. CREA
  3. BCREA
  4. Statistics Canada
  5. Province of British Columbia

Jamie David, Director of Marketing and Head of Mortgages

Jamie has 15+ years of business and marketing experience. She contributes her mortgage expertise to The Globe and Mail and authors Ratehub’s mortgage and homebuying guides. read full bio

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