By Solomon Israel, CBC News Posted: Jul 12, 2017 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Jul 12, 2017 4:29 PM ET
After seven years of leaving its key interest steady or cutting it to near-historic lows, the Bank of Canada has finally increased its overnight rate by 0.25 percentage points to 0.75 per cent.
The overnight rate determines the rate at which banks lend money to each other on a regular basis. In practice, changes in the overnight rate get passed on to consumers through corresponding changes in interest rates on different financial products.
Here’s how the increase in interest rates could filter down through the kinds of loans held by Canadians: