By now, Canadians have seen some bad news about banks in recent months, with the Canadian government announcing that it will end all credit and other bank guarantees to Canada-based financial institutions in December 2019.
The move was made by the Bank of Canada in a move to reduce the size of the banking system by $15-billion over the next decade.
But some Canadians are questioning the government’s timing.
While the announcement on Thursday that Canada-related guarantees would end in 2020 is welcome news, the timing of the bank guarantee announcement itself is a bit odd.
Canada’s financial sector is already facing significant challenges, including a high unemployment rate and a high risk-of-loss ratio.
“It’s not like this is some kind of big-picture thing,” said John Lien, president of the Canadian Association of Bankers.
“The bank guarantee program has been around for quite a while now and it’s been a very successful program.”
The bank guarantee has been used to support many of Canada’s banks and financial institutions, including Credit Suisse, UBS, TD Canada Trust, National Bank of Scotland, Scotia, Royal Bank of Belgium, Royal LePage and BMO, among others.
But the bank guarantees were designed to provide protection for the financial sector from the risks of the financial crisis.
The Bank of England, the United States and the European Union all have similar programs.
But there are concerns about the impact of the program on Canadian banks.
Lien said that the bank loans to banks in Canada will continue, but that the government should focus on addressing the systemic risks in the banking sector.
Lui says that while the guarantees may not be perfect, the bank loan programs are the best we have right now.
“If you look at the overall credit-worthiness of a country, Canada is one of the most credit-worthy countries in the world.
Bank guarantee is an investment In December 2016, the Bank Board approved a $15.5-billion recapitalization plan to support the financial system. “
But it is also a very, very important program, and I think it’s important for Canadians to understand what the risks are, and then make the appropriate decision.”
Bank guarantee is an investment In December 2016, the Bank Board approved a $15.5-billion recapitalization plan to support the financial system.
The government decided to fund the recapitalizations by borrowing $4.7-billion from the federal government to cover the costs of the recap.
It also created a $5-million program to support small- and medium-sized-sized banks in order to make them more competitive with bigger-capitalized banks.
The federal government also took $5.5 billion from the Canadian Deposit Insurance Corporation to cover bank and financial institution losses.
As a result, the total capital required by Canada’s banking system to meet the recap is now roughly $15 billion.
“When you have a $2-billion government recapitalizing a $1-billion financial system, it’s quite significant,” said Dan McInerney, president and CEO of the Bank on Main Street of Ontario.
“In fact, that’s the largest recapitalized system in Canada.
The amount of capital required to finance that is unprecedented in Canada’s history.”
The recapitalizes also will allow for the creation of a $6-billion program to help banks, and $6.4-billion in capital for small-to-medium-sized businesses.
“I think the program will have some significant impact on the banks’ capital requirements,” said David Kestelman, chief executive of the Canada Credit Union.
“We think the banks will have to come up with some additional capital.”
“This will help them,” he said.
“Bank guarantees are really important to the economy.
And we need to take the risks off the system.”