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Financial tips for new Canadians

Immigrating to a new country is always a tremendous adventure. Putting down roots in a new place requires determination and sacrifice, and it’s a process that can be exciting, scary, confusing and exhilarating. Often, all at the same time. If you’re a new immigrant to Canada, it’s important to remember that you’re not alone in...read more

Bank of Canada to announce interest rate decision April 24

Recent employment and economic progress reports suggest that the strong growth recorded by the Canadian economy during much of 2018 could be slowing. With the Bank of Canada poised to release its next interest rate decision later in the week, these details will likely enter into the Bank’s thinking when it announces its interest update...read more

How the Bank of Canada manages interest rates

Bank of Canada interest rate announcements always attract significant media and public attention. That’s because interest rates have an impact on all Canadians. If you’re a saver, the prevailing interest rate affects how much your savings earn. If you’re planning to borrow to finance a large purchase, such as a new home or vehicle, the...read more

Incentives for first-time home buyers in the 2019 federal budget

With just a few months to go before the next federal election, the 2019 budget is the government’s last opportunity to table new programs and incentives before Canadians go to the polls. Finance Minister Bill Morneau used the budget to announce a host of updates the government hopes will be popular with voters. These include...read more

8 essential apps for active seniors

Today’s seniors are putting to rest the myth that “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks”. While the use of handheld devices may be near-universal with younger generations, many seniors are also enthusiastically embracing the digital age, and are no less excited about the benefits of modern technology. The high level of digital device...read more

The benefits of medical cannabis

With the passing of the Cannabis Act (C-45) earlier this year, Canada now joins Uruguay as only the second country in the world to allow its citizens to use recreational cannabis. For the activists who have been pushing for this change, this has been a long time in the making, and comes at a time...read more

What you need to know about mortgage closing costs

When purchasing a new home, the final expenses incurred by the buyer to complete the transfer of ownership are referred to as closing costs. While total closing costs vary by region, many are common across all markets. Mortgage lenders require new buyers to demonstrate their capacity to manage these expenses when assessing overall ability to...read more

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