Ontario Land Transfer Tax 2021

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What is land transfer tax?

When buying a home, many people overlook the significant cost of land transfer tax. When you acquire a property (and the land it rests on), you must pay a tax to the government after the transaction closes. The amount paid depends on the value of your property.

Our calculator shows you how much you can expect to pay and why. The Land Transfer Tax cost will be uniform accross Ontario except for Toronto and Toronto's surrounding regions including North York, Etobicoke and Scarborough. See below for more details.

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History of the Ontario Land Transfer Tax

Introduced to Ontario in 1974, the Conservative ontario government presented the provincial Land Transfer Tax to property buyers with a starting percentage of 0.3% for up to $35,000 of the purchase price of property and 0.6% for the rest. In 2008, a municipal Land Transfer Tax was introduced in addition to the provincial one to home buyers in Toronto and a Non-Resident Speculation Tax became effective for the Greater Golden Horseshoe Region in 2017. Ontario’s Land Transfer Tax rates were last updated in 2017.

Ontario Land Transfer Tax Rates

Purchase Price of Home Land Transfer Marginal Tax Fee
First $55,0000.5%
$55,000 to $250,0001.0%
$250,000 to $400,0001.5%
$400,000 to $2,000,0002.0%
Over $2,000,0002.5%

Ontario Land Transfer Tax Rebates

Purchase Price of Home First-Time Buyer Rebate
Up to $368,333 Full Tax Refund
Over $368,333 $4,000 Refund
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Ontario’s First-Time Home Buyer Land Transfer Tax Refund

To offset the negative effects of the large amount of tax, the government doubled the refund for first-time home buyers in 2017. For move-ins that occurred prior to 2017, the refund returns the full value of the tax up to a maximum of $2,000. For move-ins after 2017, and the buyer would be exempt from paying tax on the first $368,000 of the purchase price and can receive $4,000 on the remainder. To qualify:

  • You must be at least 18 years of age.
  • You must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  • You must occupy the property as your principal residence.
  • You cannot have owned a home, or a stake in a home, anywhere in the world, at any time.
  • Your spouse/common-law partner cannot have owned a home while they were your partner.

You must apply for the refund within 18 months of purchasing the property.

Toronto Land Transfer Tax

Toronto currently has the highest Land Transfer Tax rates in Canada. Since 1974, the cost grew seven times faster than the increase in house prices themselves and now cost an average of $20,000. On top of the provincial tax, Toronto home buyers within the area encircled by Etobicoke, Steeles Avenue, Scarborough, and Lake Ontario also have to pay a municipal tax that is equal to the Ontario tax rates. To account for the additional cost, first-time home buyers can receive a rebate of up to $4,475.

Non-Resident Speculation Tax in Ontario

The Non-Resident Speculation Tax (NRST) is a 15% tax payable by home buyers who are not citizens or permanent residents of Canada or are foreign corporations or trustees if they purchase a property in the Greater Golden Horseshoe Region. The NRST applies to residential property which contains at least one and not more than six single family residences.

Visit our Canada Land Transfer Tax page to find out more information about land transfer and other taxes accross Canada.

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