Will Banks Cut Their Interest Rates to Reflect Bank of Canada's Rate Cut?

Overnight rate cut by Bank of Canada usually matched by decrease in prime lending rate.

Canadians have been left wondering whether they'll enjoy lower rates on mortgages and other loans in the aftermath of a surprise interest rate cut by the Bank of Canada on Wednesday,

Canada's five biggest banks are deciding whether to cut their prime lending rate, which affects the interest on some mortgages, lines of credit and other financial products.

Bank of Canada Cuts Rate in Surprise Move:

 Already, TD Bank has decided not to cut its prime rate, at least not for now.

"Our decision not to change our prime rate at this time was carefully considered and is based on a number of factors, with the Bank of Canada's overnight rate only being one of them," said Alicia Johnston, a spokewoman for TD, in a statement sent to CBC News.

Royal Bank of Canada has not yet announced a decision on whether its rate will change.

"While we don't have any product announcements to make at this time, we are considering the impact of yesterday's Bank of Canada decision," said RBC spokesperson Ka Yan Ng.

Scotiabank and CIBC are also still weighing their options.

"No decision has been made on a prime rate cut," Scotiabank's Sean Hamilton told CBC News.

"Like others, we are reviewing our prime rate in light of the surprise decision by the Bank of Canada yesterday," said CIBC spokesperson Kevin Dove.

As of 5 p.m. ET on Thursday, Bank of Montreal had not responded to a request for comment from CBC News.

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