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Canada to Ban Foreign Home Buyers for 2 Years

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Canada to Ban Foreign Home Buyers for 2 Years

Following the precedent set by Ontario's increase on the Non-Resident Speculation Tax to address the housing shortage created in part by foreigners who buy homes in the province, Canada has proposed to ban foreign home buyers who are not permanent residents or citizens from buying residential homes for 2 years.

To address the housing marketing crisis with prices rising over 20% the past year, increased rental rates and decreasing inventory, Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland announced the two-year ban on foreign home buying on April 7, plus higher taxes for people who sell their homes within a year. The ban has exceptions for permanent residents and foreign students:

  • Refugees, some international students and people with work permits would be exempt from the foreign homebuyer ban.
  • Permanent residents and new citizens are exempt from the non-resident ban.
  • Anyone buying and selling a property within a year "would be considered to be flipping properties and would be subject to full taxation on their profits."
  • A new tax-sheltered way for Canadians to save up to buy a home will allow contributions up to $8,000 per year.

The foreign buyer ban would not be applied to recreational and vacation property.

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  • get many of the social benefits that Canadian citizens receive, including health care coverage and education
  • live, work or study anywhere in Canada
  • apply for Canadian citizenship
  • Receive protections under Canadian laws and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

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Evelyn L. Ackah, BA, LL.B.

Founder/Managing Lawyer

Ms. Ackah is passionate about immigration law because it focuses on people and relationships, which are at the core of her personal values. Starting her legal career as a corporate/commercial ...

More About Evelyn L. Ackah, BA, LL.B.

It is hard enough in the normal course of business to obtain permanent resident status in Canada. Imagine the difficulty in gaining that status with a 36 year old developmentally disabled daughter. That was our experience. My husband had been recruited for the C.E.O. position at the Calgary Public Library. Even the process to obtain temporary work permits for all three of our family members took some time and effort. The Ackah Firm was with us every step of the way. They gave us good advice, managed the paperwork and kept my husband’s employer informed. They were also proactive by insisting that we get on with the process of permanent residency in a timely fashion. Again their experience and knowledge paid off. They utilized other legal expertise to make a case that our daughter would not be a burden to the Country or the Province. They were respectful of our point of view that despite her disabilities she had always been an active and engaged member of the community. We were pleased that permanent residence for parents and child came through fully six months before the temporary status expired.

– Margaret and Bill Ptacek

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