The Bank of Canada raised its key lending rate to 1.25 on January 17, 2018. This is the highest the benchmark rate has been since 2009. What does this mean and how will it impact Canadians? Following the BOC rate increase, Canada's biggest 5 Banks - Scotiabank, TD Canada Trust, RBC, BMO and CIBC - all raised their prime lending rate by a quarter percentage. The amount of interest paid on loans including mortgages, a line of credit, or a personal loan will increase. Inversely, the increase in the BOC key lending rate will positively impact savers because the amount earned on savings accounts, including GICs and personal savings accounts, will increase.