If you are a homeowner in Canada and are 55 years of age or older, you may qualify for a reverse mortgage. A reverse mortgage is designed for you to convert the equity in your home into cash to help pay for increased living expenses, health care costs, a home renovation, a vacation, or anything else you need. While traditional mortgages require you to pay monthly payments, a reverse mortgage does not require monthly payments. With a reverse mortgage the bank makes monthly payments or a lump-sum payment to you based on a percentage of the value and equity of your home, your age, amount of secured debt, property type, and property location . You continue to live in your home and must meet certain requirements. Reverse mortgages are designed to offer you another stream of income so you can spend your golden years living comfortably. After you are deceased, move, or sell, the loan will be reconciled with the value of the property.