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Canada’s capital is quickly becoming one of Canada’s most popular housing markets. If you're searching for a new home, doing a comparison of mortgage rates for Ottawa could save you thousands of dollars over the long term. You’re in luck: LowestRates.ca wants to help you find the best mortgage rates in Ottawa with almost no work on your part.

With our free, no-obligation service, LowestRates.ca lets you compare mortgage rates from 50+ Canadian banks and brokers. Just tell us what you want to do — buy, refinance, or renew — and how much you want to borrow. LowestRates.ca will show you the lowest Ottawa mortgage rates you might qualify for and connect you with the right broker.

All you have to do is tell us what type of financing you’re looking for and you’ll be on your way to securing the best house mortgage rates in Ottawa. Need more information? Keep reading to learn more about how getting a mortgage in Ottawa works.

The best current mortgage rates in Canada

Check out today's best mortgage rates in Canada by type and term.

Rates are based on an average mortgage of $300,000
 Insured ?

The rates in this column apply to borrowers who have purchased mortgage default insurance. This is required when you purchase a home with less than a 20% down payment. The home must be owner-occupied and the amortization must be 25 years or less.

80% LTV ?

The rates in this column apply to mortgage amounts between 65.01% and 80% of the property value. The home must be owner-occupied and have an amortization of 25 years or less. You must have purchased it for less than $1 million. These rates are not available on refinances. Refinances require "Uninsured" rates.

65% LTV ?

The rates in this column apply to mortgage amounts that are 65% of the property value or less. The home must be owner-occupied and have an amortization of 25 years or less. You must have purchased it for less than $1 million. These rates are not available on refinances. Refinances require "Uninsured" rates.

Uninsured ?

The rates in this column apply to purchases over $1 million, refinances and amortizations over 25 years. More info on the differences between insured and uninsured rates.

Bank Rate ?

Bank Rate is the mortgage interest rate posted by the big banks in Canada.

 
1-year fixed rate
Insured
4.99%
80% LTV
5.6%
65% LTV
5.6%
Uninsured
6.69%
7.09%
 
2-year fixed rate
Insured
5.59%
80% LTV
5.14%
65% LTV
5.14%
Uninsured
6.04%
6.39%
 
3-year fixed rate
Insured
4.79%
80% LTV
4.94%
65% LTV
4.94%
Uninsured
4.94%
5.64%
 
4-year fixed rate
Insured
4.94%
80% LTV
4.89%
65% LTV
4.89%
Uninsured
5.04%
5.49%
 
5-year fixed rate
Insured
4.74%
80% LTV
4.79%
65% LTV
4.79%
Uninsured
4.89%
5.04%
 
7-year fixed rate
Insured
4.94%
80% LTV
5.29%
65% LTV
5.29%
Uninsured
5.09%
5.9%
 
10-year fixed rate
Insured
5.74%
80% LTV
5.84%
65% LTV
5.84%
Uninsured
5.84%
7.25%
 
3-year variable rate
Insured
6.1%
80% LTV
6.7%
65% LTV
6.7%
Uninsured
N/A
8.6%
 
5-year variable rate
Insured
5.9%
80% LTV
6.1%
65% LTV
6.1%
Uninsured
6.15%
6.59%
 
HELOC rate
Insured
7.2%
80% LTV
7.2%
65% LTV
7.2%
Uninsured
7.2%
N/A
 
Stress test
Insured
6.74%
80% LTV
6.79%
65% LTV
6.79%
Uninsured
5.25%
N/A

Variable Rates

As low as

6.00%

Fixed Rates

As low as

4.79%

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Current lowest posted bank rate

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Conventional vs. high-ratio mortgages: which is cheaper?

On LowestRates.ca, customers can start an application for a number of different mortgage products. The two main types of mortgages you can apply for are conventional mortgages and high-ratio mortgages.

With a conventional mortgage, the homebuyer has to make a down payment of at least 20% of the home’s purchase price.

A high-ratio mortgage, on the other hand, is where homeowners put down less than 20% of the purchase price as a down payment. If this happens, buyers are required to purchase mortgage insurance from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).

Take a look at our comparison of high ratio mortgages and conventional mortgages in Ontario.

Conventional 5-year fixed mortgage rates vs. high ratio 5-year fixed mortgage rates in Ontario

DateAverage Conventional RateAverage High Ratio Rate
05/23 4.86%4.52%
06/23 5.24%4.92%
07/23 5.54%5.14%
08/23 6.22%5.42%
09/23 6.00%5.61%
10/23 6.14%5.87%
11/23 6.15%5.77%
12/23 5.92%5.56%
01/24 5.66%5.29%
02/24 5.30%5.05%
03/24 5.17%4.92%
04/24 5.10%4.91%

Last Updated: May 1, 2024

Fixed rate vs. variable rate mortgages: which is cheaper?

Choosing between fixed rate and variable rate mortgages is one of the main decisions homebuyers and borrowers have to make when searching for mortgage rates.

While there are many differences between fixed rate and variable rate mortgages, the main one is that a fixed rate stays the same for the duration of your mortgage term. A variable rate, on the other hand, means that your rate will fluctuate with the changes in the Bank of Canada’s rate. Your lender will adjust it based on market conditions.

In the past three years, Canadian borrowers have witnessed big changes to mortgage rates. Especially in the last one year since Bank of Canada went on an overnight rate hike spree starting March 2022, mortgages have been a roller-coaster ride for borrowers. In January 2022, variable rates were preferred by borrowers because the rates were significantly lower than fixed rate mortgages. With rising inflation and Bank of Canada’s consecutive 10 rate hikes in one year, the trend in mortgage rates began to change and by late 2022 and early 2023, fixed rate mortgages were hovering lower than variable rate by almost a percentage point.

Economists in Canada predict that we are at the peak of policy rate hikes and a downturn in rates is imminent in 2024, however, borrowers are reluctant to lock in a higher rate for a higher term, such as 5-year term.

Borrowers are looking at fixed interest rates, which are lower than variable rates at this time for a shorter term, like 3-year or 4-year term.

Here’s a look at historical mortgage rate trends in Ontario over the past year.

5-year fixed vs. 5-year variable mortgage rates in Ontario

MonthFixedVariable
05/23 4.65%5.88%
06/23 5.02%6.12%
07/23 5.30%6.36%
08/23 5.59%6.50%
09/23 5.70%6.54%
10/23 5.90%6.52%
11/23 5.84%6.51%
12/23 5.64%6.44%
01/24 5.45%6.34%
02/24 5.22%6.45%
03/24 5.07%6.34%
04/24 4.99%6.31%

Last Updated: May 1, 2024

Factors that affect your Ottawa mortgage rate

Lenders look at a few things when deciding whether or not to approve your mortgage application, and what interest rates they’ll offer. Here are the major factors lenders consider when they calculate your mortgage rate for an Ottawa home.

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Typical mortgage amounts in Ottawa

The average value of new mortgage loans in Ottawa-Gatineau region was $314,044 in Q1 2022, which was significantly higher compared to $292,912 in Q1 2023. In Q2 2023, the average value of new mortgage loan in Ottawa-Gatineau was $297,679, compared to $328,336 in Q2 2022.

The average scheduled monthly payments for new mortgage loans in Q1 2022 in Ottawa region was $1,444 compared to $1,818 in Q1 2023, an increase of almost $374. In Q2 2023 this remained high at $1,814 compared to the same period last year when it was $1,583.

The trend we witness here is that overall mortgage loan amount decreased while the monthly payment increased is due to the increase in interest rates and the Bank of Canada’s overnight rate hikes.

Ottawa housing market and home prices

The Ottawa Real Estate Board (OREB) reportedly sold 1,263 residential properties in July 2023 compared with 1,102 in July 2022, an increase of 15%. July’s sales included 979 in the freehold properties (detached, semi-detached or townhouse), up 18% from a year ago, and 284 in the condominium-property category, a 6% increase from July 2022. The trend we see here is indicative of home buyers in Ottawa are unperturbed by the two recent quarter-percent interest rate hikes by the Bank of Canada.

The average sale price for a freehold (detached, semi-detached or townhouse) property in July was $754,188, an increase of 5% from 2022, and a 1% increase over June 2023 prices.

The average sale price for a freehold (detached, semi-detached or townhouse) property in July was $754,188, an increase of 5% from 2022, and a 1% increase over June 2023 prices.

The average sale price for an apartment condominium was $435,094, an increase of 2% from a year ago, although 3% lower than June 2023 prices.

With year-to-date average sale prices at $735,103 for freeholds and $433,447 for condos, these values represent a 9% decrease over 2022 for freehold-class properties and a 6% decrease for condominium-class properties.

OREB members forecast August to be a slower month, however, buyers look confident.

Ottawa closing costs and land transfer tax

After buying your home, closing costs refer to all the odds and ends you need to close the deal. A general rule of thumb is to budget 1.5% of the home’s purchase price to cover closing costs (excluding the down payment). Closing costs may include:

Closing costs may include:

Closing costs may also include a provincial and/or municipal land transfer tax. The City of Ottawa charges homebuyers a provincial land transfer tax. The province of Ontario calculates land transfer in the following way:

Purchase PriceTax Rate
0–$55,0000.05%
$55,000–$250,0001%
$250,000–$400,0001%
$400,000–$2 million2%
$2 million +2.5%

Example: on a home worth $500,000, you’d pay $6,475 in land transfer taxes.

 

Information for first-time home buyers in Ottawa

In addition to your mortgage rates, Ottawa homebuyers will also need to consider these extra costs that come with purchasing a home in the city:

Brokers vs. bank mortgage rates in Ottawa: The main difference is brokers can shop around for the best deal and present buyers with several mortgage rates from multiple lenders, while banks can only sell their own mortgage products. It’s important to note that brokers only facilitate finding you the best rate — the actual mortgage will be provided by a financial institution. Whether you’re looking to buy a home in an expensive city like Toronto or a more affordable city like Ottawa, broker mortgage rates tend to be more competitive than bank rates. However, if you have a strong existing relationship with your bank you might be able to negotiate a decent rate. Mortgages are lucrative business for banks, and sometimes they’ll reward customers for keeping their financial business in one place.

Tax credits: When purchasing a home, there are a number of tax credits you may be eligible for. Some of these might include:

First Time Homebuyers Tax Credit: This is a $5,000 non-refundable tax credit designed to help buyers manage the closing costs of purchasing a new home. This credit is applicable across Canada.

The Federal Home Accessibility Tax (HATC) for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities: This non-refundable tax credit allows you to claim up to $10,000 in renovation expenses. This credit is applicable country wide and is available for homeowners who are aged 65+ before the end of the tax year or who have a disability.

Home insurance: Home insurance isn’t a legal requirement in Canada, but most lenders require you to obtain a home insurance policy before they give you a mortgage. Home insurance protects your home from a number of unexpected incidents that could cause damage to your property.

Your questions about Ottawa mortgages, answered.

How can I find the best mortgage rates in Ottawa?

The best mortgage rate in Ottawa can be found by comparing rates from different lenders. Lowestrates.ca connects you with 50+ lenders who will provide you a quote for mortgage rate best suited for your financial situation. No two lenders will give you the same rate. It is best to compare rates and mortgage terms before you zero-in on one rate.

What’s the difference between an open mortgage vs. a closed mortgage?

In addition to choosing between a fixed or variable rate mortgage, Ottawa buyers will also need to decide between two types of mortgage payment structures: open or closed.

Open mortgage: This type of mortgage can be paid off in full at any time without penalty, and typically has a shorter term (up to five years). Open mortgages are more flexible and are geared toward people who want to make additional or increased mortgage payments, pay off the mortgage early, or move to a different home in the near future. But there’s a tradeoff: open mortgages interest rates are usually a little bit higher.

Closed mortgage: You’ll typically pay lower interest rates with a closed mortgage, but you’re required to make regular payments on a fixed schedule for the entire term. If you want to refinance, renegotiate or pay off your closed mortgage before the term is up, you’ll be charged a penalty. However, some lenders will allow you to make accelerated payments up to a certain amount each year. Every lender will have its own terms and conditions around closed mortgage prepayments.

What’s the difference between a mortgage term and an amortization period?

Mortgage term: Homeowners are committed to their lender and mortgage contract for the duration of their mortgage term (the length of which is specified in the contract). At the end of the term, borrowers can renew their contract at a new rate. The most popular mortgage term in Canada is five years, though terms can range from six months to 10 years.

Amortization period: The amortization period refers to the duration of your mortgage. In other words, the total amount of time it will take you to pay off your loan’s principal plus the interest. In Canada, the maximum amortization period is 35 years. If your down payment is less than 20% of the total price of the home and you’re required to purchase CMHC mortgage insurance, your maximum amortization period is 25 years.

How much does it cost to live in Ottawa?

Depending on whether you’re a homeowner, renter, driver or commuter, your cost of living in Ottawa will vary.

There are some things to look out for, however, if you’re considering moving to Ottawa from another province.

In addition to your mortgage interest rate, prospective Ottawa homebuyers should consider a number of other costs to consider when thinking about relocating. If you own a vehicle, one of the biggest costs may be auto insurance. While Ottawa residents pay some of the lowest car insurance premiums in Ontario, the provincial average is still high (Ontario has the second highest car insurance rates in Canada). Ottawa has a lot of attractions that are popular with tourists and residents alike, which could also put additional strain on your wallet.

How much does getting a lower interest rate matter in Ottawa?

If you’re house hunting in Ontario, securing a low Ottawa mortgage rate is one great way to save money on your mortgage. However, it’s one of many things you can do to increase the overall affordability of your mortgage. Some of these features might include prepayment privileges and portability.

Prepayment privileges: Some banks and brokers will offer different prepayment terms, so it’s important to raise the issue before you sign your contract. A prepayment privilege allows you to pay off your mortgage early without having to pay an additional fee.

Penalties: If you need to break your mortgage, which you may need to do when you refinance or move, you may be required to pay thousands of dollars in penalties. While you may wind up with a better rate, if you choose to go with a different lender, it’s important to look at the fine print to ensure that it won’t cost you more than you’ll gain.

Portability: One way to avoid these penalties is to negotiate a portable mortgage. This means that if you move, you can transfer your mortgage to a new home and combine it with an additional mortgage loan.

Your questions about LowestRates.ca, answered.

How are mortgage rates determined on LowestRates.ca?

LowestRates.ca works with 50+ Canadian banks and brokers to bring you Ottawa’s best mortgage rates. We work with our partners to obtain their best deals and offers, and then we let them compete for your business. All you have to do is answer a few questions, and in minutes you’ll be provided with today’s mortgage rates for Ottawa. There’s no obligation, but you can choose to speak with our broker partner to secure your best rate and see if you're eligible for more savings.

Is it safe to get a mortgage online?

Yes, it’s safe — you no longer need to visit a bank branch or mortgage broker’s office in person to apply for a mortgage. It’s becoming increasingly common for Canadians to apply for mortgages online. LowestRates.ca only works with reputable, trustworthy financial institutions. Your credit score won’t be affected and your information is secure. We don’t share your information with anyone unless you want to connect with a mortgage broker. We take care of the heavy lifting by comparing the market for you and can connect you with the best mortgage lenders not only in Ottawa, but across the country.

How do I know I’m getting the lowest rate?

We have a strong selection of lenders on LowestRates.ca including the big banks and many independent providers and we’re adding more lenders all the time. This ensures we’re always delivering you a competitive rate. Even if you’re not ready to commit to anything, you can use our site as a starting point for research (it’s totally free, and you’re under no obligation).

The better informed you are, the more likely you'll negotiate a better deal for yourself. And, really, that’s what we care about the most.

Shivani Kaul

Shivani Kaul

About the Author

Shivani Kaul is a content manager in the personal finance space. Prior to this, she worked as a digital editor with Pagemasters North America (a division of The Canadian Press) for four years. Shivani has also worked as a freelance writer and editor for Investor's Digest of Canada and The Ghost Bureau.

She has more than a decade of experience working as an editor and writer for different news media organizations in Canada and South Asia. She has a Digital Marketing Management certification from the University of Toronto, a Master's degree in Mass Communication (Journalism) and a Bachelor's degree in English from the University of Delhi (India).

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