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Standard Charge Terms Lender Covenants

The Standard Charge Terms is a document that is created by the lender and must be registered with the Director of Titles under the Land Titles Act.  Many lenders’ Standard Charge Terms can be viewed at https://www.teranetexpress.ca/content/tvuser/schedules/ereg_fidocs.html

This document is the mortgage contract.  It contains detailed information on the lender’s and borrower’s obligations, referred to as covenants, as well as the remedies available to the lender if the borrower does not meet these obligations.  A covenant is a promise to do or not do something.  In a mortgage contract, both the mortgagee, who is the lender, and mortgagor, the borrower, have covenants that each must abide by. 

It is vital to understand that the borrower, while at the lawyer’s signing the final documentation to register the mortgage, signs acceptance of the Standard Charge Terms. What many borrowers fail to realize is that they have Standard Charge Terms on their mortgage and that they outline the rights and responsibilities of the borrower. Contravention of the terms of this document is considered default and the lender can exercise its rights, which the borrower agrees to, that are found in this document.


Mortgage brokering in Ontario is regulated by the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) and requires a license. To obtain a license you must first pass an accredited course. The Real Estate and Mortgage Institute of Canada Inc. (REMIC) is accredited by FSCO to provide the course. For more information please visit us at www.remic.ca/getlicensed or call us at 877-447-3642.


The following is a breakdown of the lender's covenants as listed in the Standard Charge Terms.

Lender Covenants

The mortgagee, or lender, also has several covenants by which they must abide.  The following list summarizes those covenants.

Certificate of Discharge

Once the mortgagee has received funds that are sufficient to completely repay the outstanding balance of the mortgage, the mortgagee is required to provide the mortgagor, or borrower, with a Certificate of Discharge that indicates that the amount borrowed has been repaid in full.  The mortgagee does not have to register this certificate of discharge on title, which means that the borrower is responsible for having this registered.  If the mortgage is being refinanced by another lender, it is standard procedure for the new lender to have their Solicitor closing the mortgage register the certificate of discharge before they register their new charge.

Assignment of mortgage

The mortgagor has the right to request that the mortgagee assign the mortgage to a new lender as long as the mortgagor’s mortgage is in good standing and the mortgagor has the right to redeem the mortgage.  For the exact legislation referring to assignments, refer to the Mortgages Act, Part 1, and Section 2.

Provide Quiet Possession

Quiet Possession is a legal term that reflects the right of the mortgagor to have possession of the property free from interference by the mortgagee, except when in default.

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Joseph J. White has been involved in the mortgage industry since 1988. He began his career as a mortgage agent, and in the mortgage lending sector of the industry he has held positions as National Sales Manager and VP of Sales with two national mortgage lenders.

In the industry’s mortgage brokering sector he is a licensed mortgage broker and has been a partner at a successful mortgage brokerage, manager at two national brokerages, principal broker at a commercial brokerage, founder of a mortgage investment corporation, and is owner and principal broker of his own boutique brokerage.

As an educator, Mr. White has been educating the mortgage industry since 1996.During his 14 years at Seneca College he was a professor and program coordinator and is currently President of the Real Estate and Mortgage Institute of Canada Inc. (REMIC).Mr. White has developed several courses for Seneca College, including the first mortgage broker education program in Ontario,as well as the mortgage agent course.He has written two textbooks used in the mortgage industry and by over 20 Ontario colleges with over twenty thousand copies in print, in addition to several business focused books and e-books. He has instructed over fifteen thousand students and in 2003 won the Excellence Award for teaching and leadership excellence at Seneca College.He can be contacted at joe.white@remic.ca
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