RRSP Home Buyers Plan

RRSP Home Buyers Plan

In response to the challenges faced by young Canadians in saving for their first home, the government has proposed significant changes to the Home Buyers' Plan (HBP). These changes include increasing the withdrawal limit and extending the repayment grace period, aimed at easing the path to homeownership for first-time buyers.

Understand: Let's break it down:

  1. The Problem: Young Canadians often struggle to save enough money for a down payment on a house and to qualify for a reasonable mortgage.

  2. The Solution - Home Buyers' Plan (HBP): The government has a program called the Home Buyers' Plan (HBP) which lets you take money out of your retirement savings (RRSPs) to buy or build a home.

  3. Current Limits: Right now, you can withdraw up to $35,000 from your RRSPs under the HBP to put towards buying a home.

  4. Proposed Change: The government wants to make it easier for people to buy their first home. So, in the proposed Budget 2024, they suggest increasing the limit from $35,000 to $60,000. This means you could take out more money from your RRSPs to use towards buying your home.

  5. Extended Repayment Grace Period: Also, if you've taken money out of your RRSPs under the HBP between January 1, 2022, and December 31, 2025, the government wants to give you more time to pay it back. Normally, you have to start paying back the money within two years, but with this proposal, they're extending that grace period to five years. This way, you have more time to focus on paying your mortgage and getting settled in your new home without the added pressure of repaying the RRSPs.