Using your RRSP money for your down payment is a great strategy for some first-time buyers. It may help you achieve the 20% down payment needed to avoid mortgage default insurance premiums, or simply give you a financial boost when you need it most. First-time homebuyers can withdraw up $25,000 per person under the Federal Home Buyers’ Program (HBP). If you have saved $25,000 and have enough RRSP contribution room, you can contribute that amount to your RRSP by the March 1 deadline. Then after 90 days, you can redeem those funds under the HBP. Since your contribution counts as a tax deduction, you may get a nice tax refund this spring to further assist you with your homebuying plans. You will however need to pay the withdrawn RRSP funds back over 15 years.