I've been calling for changes in OSFI guidelines for close to a year now. This is no surprise, and it should not be a surprise if this is the type of tightening of credit the Bank of Canada has been lobbying.
OSFI is issuing for comment Draft Guideline B-20 - Residential Mortgage Underwriting Practices and Procedures. Guideline B-20 sets out OSFI’s expectations for prudent residential mortgage underwriting, and is applicable to all federally-regulated financial institutions that are engaged in residential mortgage underwriting, the purchase of residential mortgage loan assets and, where appropriate, the issuance of mortgage insurance – in Canada and internationally. Interested parties may submit comments to OSFI regarding draft Guideline B-20 by May 1, 2012 through their industry associations or directly to OSFI. Comments concerning the draft Guideline should be sent by e mail to B20@osfi-bsif.gc.ca.
Things just got interesting.