REGULATIONS AND GOVERNMENT RELATIONS
We work on you behalf communicating with policy and legislation staff at the Ministry of Finance and MLA’s to work on legislative reform, including self-regulation, personal mortgage broker corporations, fee issues, better and more simplified disclosure, mortgage investment and mortgage syndication issues, more even handed and less heavy handed enforcement processes, regulation of bank broker reps and a host of other issues.
School Tax Hike on Residential Properties Assessed at Over 3 Million
CMBA – British Columbia has appealed to the BC government’s Finance Minister, the Hon. Carol James, outlining how this new tax policy actually decreases housing affordability – across their entire constituent base – and works in opposition to their own stated affordability goals.
BC Empty Homes Tax
BC Government 2018 Budget Announcement
The BC Government recently announced their 2018 budget, including a 30-point plan addressing housing affordability.
Of note, the plan calls for the elimination of the BC Home Partnership Program (HPP), championed by the BC Liberals and launched in 2017.
The HPP offered down payment assistance for prospective home buyers in the form of a second loan, with interest and payments deferred for five years.
“We are concerned that there is nothing significant in the government’s new housing program for people entering the housing market,” says CMBA-BC Chief Operating Officer Samantha Gale. “The only program in place to help people needing assistance with down payments in Canada’s most expensive housing market will be dismantled, and there are no real measures which will increase the supply of market housing.”
Responding to Announced Money Laundering Crackdown
A recent Globe & Mail story calling attention to alleged drug money laundering via the real estate sector has prompted a response from the BC government.
Attorney General, David Eby, has promised a crackdown to close loopholes that the government believes enables lenders to launder money through mortgages.
“We need to distinguish between private lenders who are licensed under the Mortgage Brokers Act and criminals who lend money as part of a money laundering scheme,” says CMBA-BC Chief Operating Officer Samantha Gale.
The Application of Debt Repayment Agent Licensing to Mortgage Brokers in BC
Letter to the Honourable Suzanne Anton, Q.C.
Minister of Justice and Attorney General
Additional submissions regarding the application of section 17.3 of the Mortgage Brokers Act (MBA)
Letter to Carolyn Rogers
Registrar of Mortgage Brokers
The Registrar’s Proposal to Amend the Form 10
Letter to The Registrar of Mortgage Brokers dated October 9, 2015
Housing Stakeholders Position Paper
The below listed construction and housing industry associations, primarily in market housing, have collaborated to identify several recommendations to improve housing supply. Some of the recommendations can be achieved by municipal governments, but the provincial government can also encourage or assist these processes.
Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver
Fraser Valley Real Estate Board
BC Real Estate Association
Real Estate Institute of BC
Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association
Canadian Home Builders’ Association – Fraser Valley
Canadian Home Builders’ Association – BC
Urban Development Institute – Pacific Region
Down Payment Assistance from BC Government for First Time Home Buyers
(BC Home Owner Mortgage and Equity Partnership Program)
Press release regarding the BC Government’s announcement made December 15, 2016
Changes to Definition of “Institutional Lender”
Letter to Jack Olsen, Ethics Advisor
The Law Society of British Columbia
CMBA Joins Coalition for Small Business Tax Fairness
Coalition for Small Business Tax Fairness, representing hundreds of thousands of independent businesses, professionals and taxpayers, submitted a letter to the Honourable Bill Morneau regarding the proposed tax changes.
CMBA Bulletin on Purchases and Sales Involving Non-resident (Capital Gains Tax)
A mortgage broker forewarned with knowledge about the capital gains tax, as it applies to sales of real estate by non-residents, is better forearmed to assist in avoiding later delays and collapsing of transactions.
Application of GST to Mortgage Broker Fees/Commissions
Do mortgage broker fees/commissions attract GST?
CMBA Submission to OSFI RE: Draft Guideline – Residential Mortgage Underwriting Practices and Procedures
The Canadian Mortgage Brokers Association (CMBA) submission to OSFI concerning the Draft Guideline – Residential Mortgage Underwriting Practices and Procedures.
Consumer Protection and Oversight in Relation to Schedule I Banks
Letter to the Standing Committee on Finance
CMBA Bulletin on Mortgage Brokers Issuing Promissory Notes
Mortgage brokers in Canada who arrange loans from clients using promissory notes may, at least in some circumstances, be breaching securities legislation.
New Mortgage Rules – Exemption Request and Recommendations
Letter to Hon Bill Morneau and Hon Jean-Yves Duclos
Federal Government Mortgage Rules Changes Announced October 3, 2016
The new rules affect CMHC insured and Low Ratio Bulk Insured Mortgages.
CRA’s new NOAs Create Fraud Risk
New simplified NOAs remove several security features preventing mortgage fraud. CMBA sent recommendations to the Minister of National Revenue on this issue.
MORTGAGE BROKERS ACT ISSUES
Letter to the Honourable Suzanne Anton, Q.C., Minister of Justice and Attorney General regarding ‘The Application of Debt Repayment Agent Licensing to Mortgage Brokers in BC’ – Click here
Letter to Real Estate Magazine regarding Letter to the Editor: Help your clients with mortgage shopping – Click here
Letter to Registrar regarding Compensation Disclosure and the Registrar’s Open Letter to Mortgage Brokers – Click here
Letter to Law Society regarding Changes to Definition of ‘Institutional Lender’ – Click here
Letter to the Registrar of Mortgage Brokers regarding Disclosure of Fees to Borrowers – Click here
MBABC’s comments on the Registrars proposal to amend Form 10 requiring Disclosure of Fees – Click here
Letter to the Minister for Core Review regarding the proposed self-regulation of mortgage brokers in BC – Click here
MBABC position paper on the Mortgage Brokers Act – Click here
Mortgage Brokers Act – Personal Mortgage Broker Corporations – Click here
Mortgage Brokers Act – Advance Fees Charged by Mortgage Brokers – Click here
MBABC Recommends solutions for unregistered BC mortgage brokers who collect fees – Click here