This morning, the Department of Finance announced a plan to add up to $50 billion to its Insured Mortgage Purchase Program. The additional investment brings the maximum value of securities purchased through the CMHC to $75 billion. Meanwhile, the base commercial pricing of the recently-announced Canadian Lenders Assurance Facility will drop by 25 basis points and the 25 basis point surcharge for insurance will also be waived until further notice. The latter changes are intended to make the Facility “more competitive with similar programs offered in other countries.”