CANADA'S VERY OWN MORTGAGE MESS: THE LAWS AND PROGRAMS BEHIND A NATIONAL DILEMMA

  • Nathan Hume
Keywords: house prices, mortgages, CMHC, credit crisis

Abstract

Canadian house prices require explanation. Despite a deep global recession and persistent credit crisis, they remain near record highs while prices elsewhere have plummeted. This article offers an institutional account of that anomaly. The insurance and securitization programs of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation have insulated the Canadian mortgage and housing markets from recent turbulence. These large, unfamiliar programs also distort and may ultimately destabilize the Canadian economy. Arguments about asset bubbles are unproductive. This article explains these programs, their effects and their legal framework so that we can better discuss what to do with them.

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Published
2011-01-01
Section
Legal Commentary