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Updates to Home Equity Lines of Credit (HELOCs)

General Angela Calla 1 May

Canadian banks are expected to tighten access to home equity lines of credit (HELOCs) when coronavirus-linked government assistance programs end in a few months, as lenders seek to limit credit to already-stretched borrowers, industry watchers said.

Such lines of credit — which allow homeowners to borrow back equity in their properties — have seen limited drawdowns since the coronavirus outbreak sparked an economic collapse, with many struggling borrowers using the federal government’s stimulus measures and banks’ loan payment deferrals to get by.

We saw similar changes to HELOCs back in 2008. Now’s the time to review yours if you haven’t already.

Please note lenders reserve the right to change their terms at any given time.


Angela Calla is a 16-year award-winning woman of influence mortgage expert. Alongside her team, passionately assisting mortgage holders get the best mortgage, and educating them on The Mortgage Show on CKNW for over a decade and through her best-selling book The Mortgage Code available on Amazon. To purchase the book click here: The Mortgage Code. Proceeds from all sales will be donated to Access Youth Outreach Services. Angela can be reached at or 604-802-3983.