The BC budget is set to be released in just a few days and as always, there are speculators weighing in on the changes we’re expected to see and where exactly we expect funds to be allocated. Housing affordability is a topical subject of course, as we’ve seen the rise and fall of transactions over the last few years and the impact these rules and regulations have had on home buyers and even homeowners. These changes may consist of altering home buying programs and mortgage products, along with tax benefits for seniors, pharmacare, and job training. Here is a more detailed look at those predictions:
Longer Mortgage Amortizations: Re-introducing 30-year amortizations for those who have less than a 20% down-payment.
Home Buyers Plan: Increasing the RRSP withdraw from $25,000 to $35,000 for first time home buyers without penalties with the stipulation that all moneys are repaid within 15 years.
Tax Benefits for Seniors: Increasing withdraw flexibility from RRIF’s by raising the age requirement (currently 71 years of age) as Canadians seem to be living and working longer. Consideration to increase the income threshold for GIS has also been mentioned. As it stands, qualification is limited to a max of $18,240
Pharmacare: Potentially lower the cost of prescription drugs.
Job Training: Businesses have claimed to be struggling to find the right fit along with the appropriate skill set to fill job vacancies. This shortage is apparent in the tech area and other industries that require skilled trades. Proposal to expand tax credits that allow tax payers write off a portion of the cost that comes along with training programs and further education.
For more information regarding the speculation of the BC budget: https://globalnews.ca/news/5051109/federal-budget-2019-canada-preview/