30 Apr

Canadian Federal Budget 2024: Higher Deficits, Higher Government Spending, And Higher Taxes for the Wealthy


Posted by: Danny Benjamin

Federal budget targets rich Canadians for new spending

The budget focuses on helping Millennial and Gen Z voters experiencing rising housing costs and other inflationary pressures. The government has set fiscal anchors, such as keeping the deficit below 1% of GDP starting in 2027.

The Canadian federal government released its 2023 budget over a year ago, promising to conduct a strategic spending review to find $15.4 billion in savings. The savings were supposed to achieve fiscal credibility by offsetting the $43 billion in new government spending. However, nearly a year after its announcement, the spending review found only $9 billion in savings, while the government piles on new spending measures in this year’s budget.

The fiscal path is mostly the same as in the 2023 Fall Economic Statement, but only after revenue gains from a resilient economy and further tax increases triggered even bigger spending initiatives.

Government spending is expected to be $480 billion in the next fiscal year, including $54 billion in payments on the country’s debt.

Finance Minister Freeland also announced a soak-the-rich tax scheme, levelling higher taxes on capital gains for people who make more than $250,000 selling stock or property other than a person’s primary residence.

Currently, 50% of capital gains profits are taxed, compared to 100% of a person’s employment income. That will remain the case for the first $250,000 of capital gains income, but it will rise to 66.6% on income above that level. So, the proposal is to reduce the tax-exempt amount to one-third for capital gains exceeding $250,000.The lower exemption would also apply to businesses for all capital gains, not just those over $250,000. The additional capital gains taxes are expected to rake $19.4 billion into the government’s coffers over the next five years, which is no small measure. This will reduce business capital spending, already at rock-bottom lows, rendering the Canadian productivity problem even more egregious. Higher capital gains taxes also disincentivize investment in residential rental real estate. 

The FY24/25 budget deficit is estimated at $39.8 billion (1.3% of GDP), with the numbers massaged just enough to meet the various ‘fiscal guideposts’. Any path to a balanced budget continues to be absent.

Bank of Canada Governor Tiff Macklem has said provincial government spending is already making it harder to lower inflation. Running federal deficits — on top of large provincial deficits in Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia — is irresponsible. The government had previously set fiscal anchors, like keeping the deficit below 1% of GDP starting in 2027.

Philip Cross of the National Post writes, ”deficit spending when inflation is above target violates the 1991 accord between the Government of Canada and the Bank of Canada, which “jointly set forth targets for reducing inflation” and requires both parties to collaborate to achieve that goal.”

Cumulatively, the total deficit between FY23/24 and FY28/29 is now running $10 billion larger than in the Fall Economic Statement.

The Housing Plan

The housing measures were pre-announced, and the market impact should be minimal. However, the higher capital gains inclusion rate will impact those planning to sell valuable properties with much lower cost bases. It will change the economics of real estate investment in rental properties, an area that needs to be more generously funded. 

Some Other Housing Measures:

Allowing 30-year mortgage amortizations for first-time home buyers purchasing new builds. This measure zeroes in on a small subset of the market. In general, though, it stokes excess demand and ultimately does little to improve affordability once prices adjust. Also, limits on the size of insured mortgages mitigate its impact in our most expensive cities. Pre-construction sales usually require a 20% downpayment, which limits the use of insured mortgages, which account for only 15% of mortgage originations.

Increase the RRSP Home Buyers’ Plan limit from $35,000 to $60,000 and extend the three-year payback period.


Create a renters’ bills of rights and tenant protection fund. Some details here are curious, such as a national standard lease agreement (which is provincial jurisdiction). At any rate, the deck is stacked against landlords from bringing more quality rental supply to market—think taxes.

Accelerated capital cost allowances on the construction of new purpose-built rentals and removal of the HST on the construction of student rentals.

Increase the annual Canada Mortgage bond limit to $60 billion from $40 billion.

Top up the Housing Accelerator Fund to incentivize the removal of zoning barriers and tie transit funding to densification along transit corridors.

Bottom Line

This is a pre-election ‘tax and spend’ budget, which will do little to address the problems it claims to solve. It exacerbates other concerns, including insufficient business capital spending, low productivity growth, and insufficient investment in rental real estate.

Slowing the growth in nonpermanent immigration will, in time, do more to address the housing shortage than any of these measures.

Please Note: The source of this article is from SherryCooper.com/category/articles/

Ready to take the next step in your mortgage journey? Contact me (Danny Benjamin – 289-455-8801) today for personalized advice and expert guidance. Whether you’re considering a mortgage consultation, refinancing, mortgage renewal, or exploring home equity options, I’m here to help. Let’s turn your homeownership dreams into reality! #MortgageConsultation #Refinancing #MortgageRenewal #HomeEquity #ContactMe #MortgageBroker #MortgageAgent

22 Apr

Boost Your Home’s Value with These Yard Appeal Ideas!


Posted by: Danny Benjamin


Summer’s the perfect time to spruce up your yard. Maximize your space with these high-ROI concepts, elevating equity and curb appeal simultaneously!

1. Sustainable Landscaping: Opt for native plants, drought-resistant foliage, and xeriscaping to conserve water and amplify your yard’s natural charm. Consider rain gardens and drip irrigation for eco-friendly options.

2. Outdoor Structures: Create inviting spaces with pergolas, arbors, or gazebos, defining areas for entertaining or relaxation while adding architectural flair.

3. Lawn Upgrades: Elevate your yard’s look with professional lawn care services, aerating, overseeding, and regular maintenance. Explore options like artificial turf for a hassle-free alternative.

4. Water Features: Enhance tranquility with fountains, ponds, or waterfalls, bringing visual interest and attracting wildlife for a luxurious feel.

5. Privacy Enhancements: Enjoy your yard in peace by incorporating strategic landscaping, fencing, or screening. Tall hedges, lattice panels, and climbing plants offer seclusion and beauty.

Incorporating these extra suggestions with your existing plans will turn your yard into a delightful oasis, boosting enjoyment and delivering substantial ROI.


Danny Benjamin


16 Apr

5 Expert Tips to Manage Financial Stress in Today’s Economy


Posted by: Danny Benjamin

In today’s economic landscape, the rise of inflation, interest rates, and overall cost of living can leave many feeling overwhelmed. But fear not! We’ve compiled five expert tips to help you navigate and overcome financial stress in these uncertain times:

1. Prioritize What You Can Control: Instead of fixating on factors beyond your control, focus on managing what you can. Review your expenses, such as phone bills and grocery costs, and identify areas where you can cut back or find more affordable alternatives. By taking proactive steps to reduce expenses, you’ll regain a sense of control and alleviate stress.

2. Pay Essential Bills First: When facing financial strain, prioritize essential bills to ensure critical expenses are covered. This approach helps prevent the anxiety of scrambling to decide which bills to pay and identifies opportunities to eliminate unnecessary spending temporarily. By establishing clear priorities, you’ll better manage your finances and reduce stress.

3. Automate Payments and Savings: Simplify your financial management by automating bill payments and savings contributions. Setting up automatic transfers ensures bills are paid on time, minimizing the risk of missed payments and associated penalties. Additionally, automate transfers to a savings account to build a financial safety net and reduce the temptation to spend impulsively.

4. Explore Additional Income Opportunities: Supplement your income by exploring part-time work, consulting opportunities, or requesting a raise at your current job. Generating additional income can alleviate financial strain and provide greater financial flexibility. Take advantage of your skills and expertise to pursue income-generating opportunities that align with your interests and schedule.

5. Consult with Your Mortgage Professional: Your mortgage is likely your most significant monthly expense, so it’s essential to explore options for optimizing your mortgage terms. Schedule a consultation with your mortgage agent to discuss refinancing options, adjusting payment schedules, or exploring alternative mortgage products with better rates. Openly communicate your financial situation and goals to identify personalized solutions that alleviate stress and improve cash flow.

By implementing these expert tips, you can effectively manage financial stress and navigate today’s economic challenges with confidence. Remember, there are always solutions available to help you achieve financial stability and peace of mind. If you’d like personalized advice or assistance with your mortgage, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I am here to support you every step of the way.

Danny Benjamin



2 Apr

5 Expert Tips to Manage Financial Stress Amid Economic Uncertainty


Posted by: Danny Benjamin



In today’s volatile economy, rising inflation and interest rates can leave many feeling overwhelmed. But fear not! We’ve curated five actionable strategies to help you navigate financial stress and emerge stronger:

1. Focus on the Controllable: Take charge of your finances by identifying areas you can control. Evaluate expenses like phone bills and groceries to find opportunities for savings, empowering you to regain control and alleviate stress.

2. Prioritize Essential Bills: When facing financial strain, prioritize essential bills to ease anxiety and uncover unnecessary spending. By identifying areas for reduction, you can streamline your budget and achieve greater financial stability.

3. Automate Finances: Simplify bill payments and savings with automation to avoid missed deadlines and penalties. Set up automatic transfers to your savings account to ensure consistent contributions, bolstering your financial security.

4. Explore Additional Income Streams: Supplement your income by exploring part-time work or consulting opportunities. Discuss potential raises with your employer to increase your cash flow and enhance financial resilience.

5. Consult with a Mortgage Professional: Your mortgage is a significant monthly expense, so don’t hesitate to seek guidance from a mortgage agent. Explore options to adjust your payment schedule or refinance for better rates, ensuring your mortgage aligns with your financial goals.

By implementing these strategies, you can effectively manage financial stress and achieve greater peace of mind. For personalized financial advice and support, reach out to me today. Let’s navigate these economic changes together!


Danny Benjamin


27 Mar

Unlock the Potential of Your Home’s Equity with the CHIP Reverse Mortgage


Posted by: Danny Benjamin

Wondering how to access the equity in your home? If you’re 55 or older and a Canadian homeowner, the CHIP Reverse Mortgage from HomeEquity Bank could be the answer. This financial solution allows you to leverage the value of your home without the need to sell or move. Let’s explore what the CHIP Reverse Mortgage is all about and how it can benefit you.

What is the CHIP Reverse Mortgage?
The CHIP Reverse Mortgage is a loan secured against the value of your home, available exclusively to Canadians aged 55 and older. With this option, you can unlock up to 55%1 of your home’s value without the requirement to sell or relocate. The funds you receive are tax-free and can be used for various purposes, including:

– Debt consolidation
– Home renovations
– Emergency expenses
– Financial support for family members
– Enhancing your lifestyle
– Special purchases or vacations

Eligibility Criteria:
To qualify for the CHIP Reverse Mortgage, you must meet certain criteria:

– Canadian residency
– Age requirement of at least 55 for both you and your spouse
– Primary residence status for the property
– Proper maintenance and upkeep of the home
– Eligible property types

If you meet these requirements, you can access tax-free cash through the CHIP Reverse Mortgage in the form of a lump sum or scheduled monthly advances.

Why Choose the CHIP Reverse Mortgage?
Here are some compelling reasons to consider tapping into your home equity with the CHIP Reverse Mortgage:

– Retain ownership of your property while accessing cash
– No monthly payments required
– Complete control over how you use the funds
– Tax-free proceeds that don’t affect government benefits
– No Negative Equity2 Guarantee ensures you’ll never owe more than your home’s value

**Contact me today to learn more about the CHIP Reverse Mortgage and how it can benefit you!**

Danny Benjamin




1Certain conditions apply.

2As long as you keep your property in good maintenance, pay your property taxes and property insurance and your property is not in default. The guarantee excludes administrative expenses and interest that has accumulated after the due date.


21 Mar

Tips to Improve Your Credit Score for Better Mortgage Rates


Posted by: Danny Benjamin


Tips to Improve Your Credit Score for Better Mortgage Rates.

Understanding your credit score is crucial, especially when it comes to homeownership. Your credit score plays a significant role in determining your mortgage eligibility and the interest rate you’ll receive. Generally, the higher your credit score, the better your chances of securing a favorable mortgage rate.

Credit scores typically range from 300 to 900, with higher scores indicating better creditworthiness. For optimal mortgage terms, aim for a credit score of at least 680, particularly if your down payment is less than 20%. However, if you can afford a down payment of 20% or more, a score of 680 may not be necessary.

Factors Influencing Your Credit Score:

  1. Payment history: Timely payments on your credit accounts are crucial.
  2. Debt levels: Avoid maxing out your credit accounts.
  3. Credit history length: A longer credit history in good standing is favorable.
  4. New credit applications: Be cautious about opening multiple new credit accounts.
  5. Credit mix: Maintain a healthy mix of credit types, such as credit cards, loans, and lines of credit.

Strategies to Boost Your Credit Score:

  1. Pay bills on time and in full whenever possible to demonstrate responsible financial behavior.
  2. Prioritize paying off debts, starting with smaller balances first.
  3. Keep credit utilization below 30% of your available credit limit.
  4. Limit new credit or loan applications to avoid unnecessary credit inquiries.

For Expert Guidance on Improving Your Credit Score:

If you have questions about your credit score or need guidance on improving it, reach out to me today:

Danny Benjamin


I am here to help you achieve your homeownership goals with confidence.

20 Feb

Explore Amortization Options for Your Mortgage


Posted by: Danny Benjamin

Your mortgage’s amortization period determines how long it will take to pay off your loan. This choice significantly impacts your journey to becoming mortgage-free and the amount of interest you’ll pay over time. While the standard amortization period in the mortgage industry is typically 25 years, there’s flexibility to choose anywhere from 5 to 35 years!

Advantages of Shorter Amortization

Opting for a shorter amortization period means paying less interest overall and becoming mortgage-free faster, unlocking your home equity sooner. However, shorter periods entail higher monthly payments, which may not be ideal for those with irregular income or tight budgets.

Advantages of Longer Amortization

Longer amortization periods offer smaller monthly mortgage payments, making homeownership more manageable, especially for first-time buyers. Additionally, it can expedite the process of buying your dream home by providing more flexibility in budgeting. A longer period may also qualify you for a higher mortgage amount, depending on your financial situation.

Let’s Discuss Your Options

I am here to guide you in choosing the best amortization period tailored to your unique needs and ensuring sufficient cash flow. #AmortizationOptions #MortgageChoices #HomeownershipJourney #MortgageExperts

7 Feb

Enhance Your Home Workspace for Optimal Productivity


Posted by: Danny Benjamin

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Discover how to optimize your home office space for maximum productivity with these effective tips!

Establish Clear Boundaries: Designate a specific area in your home, such as your kitchen table, for work to create a clear boundary between your professional and personal life. Communicate with your team and set expectations regarding work hours and availability to maintain productivity.

Establish a Consistent Routine: Maintain a structured morning routine to kickstart your day, even without the traditional commute. Stick to regular work hours and incorporate activities like showering, breakfast, and exercise to stay focused and energized throughout the day.

Declutter Your Space: Keep your workspace organized and clutter-free to minimize distractions and boost concentration. Tidy up your surroundings, including common areas like the kitchen, to create a conducive environment for productivity.

Take Strategic Breaks: Prioritize productive breaks to recharge and refocus during the workday. Instead of mindless scrolling, engage in activities like reading relevant articles, preparing a nutritious meal, or going for a brief walk to rejuvenate your mind and body.

Upgrade Your Equipment: Invest in ergonomic furniture and accessories to optimize comfort and support during long work hours. Upgrade to a comfortable desk chair and ensure adequate desk space for improved posture and overall well-being.

Revitalize your home workspace to enhance productivity and efficiency in your remote work environment. Explore these strategies to transform your home office into a productive haven.

25 Jan

Estate Planning: Are You Prepared for the Unexpected?


Posted by: Danny Benjamin

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Thinking about your financial and estate goals for the upcoming year? A comprehensive estate plan can provide peace of mind, ensuring you and your loved ones are covered. Here are some crucial elements to consider:

  1. Will Updates: Keep your will current with an updated list of assets, beneficiaries, and alternate choices. Ensure it reflects recent life events.
  2. Power of Attorney: Designate someone you trust to make decisions on your behalf in case of incapacity. It’s often overlooked but crucial for your estate plan.
  3. Mortgage Protection Insurance: Explore the Manulife Mortgage Protection Plan (MPP) for portable and flexible life and disability coverage. Unlike bank insurance, MPP gives you freedom across lenders and properties.
  4. Mortgage Life Insurance: Safeguard your family’s future by ensuring your mortgage is paid off in case of your passing. Manulife provides stress-free claims processing during difficult times.
  5. Mortgage Disability Insurance: Protect against disability-related income loss. Manulife offers flexible payment options and the ability to enhance your coverage.

Remember, estate planning is not just a responsible task; it’s a way to secure your family’s well-being. Let’s ensure you’re prepared for any unforeseen circumstances.

22 Jan

Empower Your 2024 Resolutions: Unleashing Possibilities with CHIP Reverse Mortgage


Posted by: Danny Benjamin

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**Unlocking a Year of Possibilities with CHIP Reverse Mortgage!**

🌟 **New Year, New You!**

Embark on 2024 with a rejuvenated version of yourself! Whether it’s revamping your home, exploring exciting destinations, or liberating yourself from debt, the CHIP Reverse Mortgage awaits to be your financial ally. Specifically tailored for Canadian homeowners aged 55 and above, it empowers you to convert up to 55% of your home’s value into tax-free cash, all while continuing to reside in your cherished home without the burden of monthly mortgage payments.

🚀 **Debt-Free Living and Financial Freedom**

Bid farewell to financial stress as the CHIP Reverse Mortgage offers a clean slate for the new year. Unlock tax-free cash to settle existing debts and embrace a lifestyle free from the constraints of financial burdens.

💡 **Pursue Your Passions and Hobbies**

The CHIP Reverse Mortgage is your key to financial flexibility. Whether it’s investing in long-held hobbies or embracing a healthier lifestyle, this versatile solution lets you pursue your passions without compromise.

👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 **Support Loved Ones’ Aspirations**

Fulfill family-oriented resolutions by using CHIP Reverse Mortgage funds to support your loved ones’ dreams. Whether it’s contributing to education expenses or fueling entrepreneurial endeavors, this tax-free cash empowers both you and your family.

🏡 **Age In Place with Home Retrofitting**

Prioritize long-term well-being in the new year by retrofitting your home for comfortable aging-in-place. Utilize CHIP Reverse Mortgage funds to make necessary modifications, ensuring your living space evolves with your changing needs while maintaining independence and security.

Ready to turn your dreams into reality? Contact me today 289-455-8801 or dannybenjamin@dominionlending.ca to explore how the CHIP Reverse Mortgage can unlock a year filled with possibilities. 🏠✨