By Erica AliniNational Online Journalist, Money/Consumer  Global News

WATCH: Federal budget 2019: Incentives for first-time home buyers, skills training

Can’t afford to buy a house? The government may take on part of the cost.

That is the gist of the boldest proposal that Budget 2019 puts forth to help more middle-income Canadians fulfill their homeownership dream.

Under the new CMHC First-Time Home Buyer Incentive, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation would use up to $1.25 billion over three years to help lower mortgage costs for eligible Canadians.

The money would go to first-time home buyers applying for insured mortgages. Borrowers would still have to pony up a down payment of at least…

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