Government Announces Additional 15% Property Transfer Tax

In an effort to make housing more accessible to middle-class families, Bill 28, Miscellaneous Statutes (Housing Priority Initiatives) Amendment Act, 2016, was introduced in the legislature today.

That means an additional property transfer tax rate of 15% will apply to purchasers of residential real estate who are foreign nationals or foreign-controlled corporations. The additional tax will take effect Aug. 2, 2016, and will apply to foreign entities registering their purchase of residential property in Metro Vancouver, which includes Anmore, Belcarra, Bowen Island, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Delta, Langley City and Township, Lion’s Bay, Maple Ridge, New Westminster, North Vancouver City and District, Pitt Meadows, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Richmond, Surrey, Vancouver, West Vancouver, White Rock and Electoral Area A.

As an example, the additional tax on the purchase of a home valued at $2 million will amount to $300,000. Which is added onto the regular PTT payable.

For more information and see how it might affect your purchase, please see Ministry of Finance Tax Information Sheet