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.
CMBA Commentary on the CSA proposal regarding proposed amendments to prospectus and registration exemptions applicable to syndicated mortgage transactions
We appreciate the opportunity to comment on the CSA proposal, which contains a number of recommendations to amend available securities exemptions available to mortgage syndicators. The CSA proposal contemplates that the regulation of syndicated mortgages currently within the jurisdiction of mortgage broker regulators will transfer to or remain with securities regulators. The proposal therefore attempts to harmonize securities regulation relating to syndicated mortgages from province to province.
Letter to The Honourable Bill Morneau from the Coalition for Small Business Tax Fairness
Coalition for Small Business Tax Fairness – Suggested approaches on how to protect past passive investments
Anti-Fraud Standards for Mortgage Brokers
Samantha Gale, CMBA, responds to comments made by S&P Global regarding their opinion of mortgage brokers having less incentive than lenders to prevent fraud.
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 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.
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.
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.
Consumer Protection and Oversight in Relation to Schedule I Banks
Letter to the Standing Committee on Finance
Application of GST to Mortgage Broker Fees/Commissions
Do mortgage broker fees/commissions attract GST?
CRA’s new NOAs Create Fraud Risk
Letter to the REM Editor: Help your clients with mortgage shopping
Letter to Financial Consumer Agency of Canada
CMBA-BC submits a letter regarding bank employees identifying as mortgage brokers, misleading the public as to their position and who they are working for – the borrower or the institution they represent.
Submission to the Rental Housing Task Force
CMBA-BC submits recommendations to the Rental Housing Task Force in response to the government’s current public consultation on rental housing and the BC Residential Tenancy Act (RTA).
CMBA-BC comments on the Financial Institutions Act and Credit Union Incorporation Act Review – Preliminary Review
The CMBA-BC submits comments regarding the above noted preliminary set of recommendations concerning the restructuring of the Financial Institutions Commission (FICOM), in relation to mortgage broker regulation.
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 Government 2018 Budget Announcement
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.
“There are no loopholes to close,” says CMBA-BC Chief Operating Officer Samantha Gale. “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.”
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