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Home Buyers' Plan (HBP)

Use your RRSP to buy your first home

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At a glance

What is the HBP?

Did you know you can use your RRSP to buy a home? The Home Buyers' Plan (HBP) lets you withdraw funds from your RRSP for a downpayment and pay it back later.

Perfect if you are looking to:

  • Take out up to $25,000 per borrower for a downpayment
  • Draw on your RRSP without being taxed
  • Take up to 15 years to pay back what you withdraw

Who is eligible?

To qualify:

  • You must be considered a first-time home buyer
  • You have to buy or build an eligible home in Canada
  • The property must be occupied as your primary residence for the first year
  • Your RRSP contributions must stay in the RRSP for at least 90 days

Tip

Take out a mortgage loan with a downpayment as low as 5% of the property value.

Maximum withdrawal

$25,000 per person

Amounts over $25,000 must be declared as income for the current year. Couples can withdraw a total of $50,000 for a downpayment on a property.

Tip

Need to top up your downpayment? An RRSP loan or line of credit can help you get to $25,0001. Note that your loan balance will come due once you withdraw from your RRSP.

Repayment period

15 year maximum

After the end of the first year, you must repay one fifteenth of the amount withdrawn on an annual basis for the next 15 years. You can also pay it back in full at any time. Note that your repayments are not counted as RRSP contributions and are therefore not tax deductible.

Tip

Instead of making lump sum payments once a year, set up systematic savings to pay back your balance on the schedule that suits you best.

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Little details that matter

Eligible homes

Your home is eligible if you buy or build it:

  • Before October 1 during the year after the year you withdrew from your RRSP
  • Alone or with one or more individuals

Apply for financing to benefit from the HBP

Finance your downpayment with an RRSP loan or line of credit1 to take advantage of the HBP.

Here's how:

  1. Take out an RRSP loan or line of credit.
  2. Put the money you borrowed in your RRSP (up to your contribution limit) and keep it there for 90 days. Interest charges may apply.
  3. Withdraw the amount you need from your RRSP. Note that you will need to pay back your loan in full when you make this withdrawal.
  4. Note that you have up to 15 years to pay back any funds you withdraw from your RRSP, starting after the first year.

Legal disclaimer

TM All-In-One Banking is a trademark of National Bank of Canada.

1. Subject to credit approval by National Bank. Speak with your accountant, tax specialist or financial planner to see if this is the right strategy for you.

2. Subject to credit approval by National Bank of Canada. Certain conditions apply.

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Buy a home with the All-In-One™ mortgage line of credit and use the principal you repay to finance new plans, like renovations or travel.2

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