Home buyers in most large Canadian centres have to add Land Transfer Taxes ("LTT") to their list of closing costs. Unless you live in Alberta, Saskatchewan, or rural Nova Scotia, Land Transfer Taxes (or property purchase taxes) are a basic fact of life.
Land Transfer Taxes, levied on properties changing hands, are the responsibility of the purchaser. Depending on where you live, the taxes can range from 0.5% to 2.5% of the total value of the property.
Many provinces have multi-tiered taxation systems and these can be complicated. If you purchase a property for $260,000 in Ontario, for example, 0.5% is charged on the first $55,000; 1% is charged on $55,000 to $250,000, and 1.5% is charged on $250,000 to $400,000.
In Ontario first-time home buyers of new homes may be eligible for a rebate of the Land Transfer Tax!
The following sections are designed to help you to calculate land transfer tax in Ontario. Please note: The calculations provided on this page and the Land Transfer Tax Calculator are provided for informational purposes only. I recommend that you consult with a professional in order to determine the actual amount of LTT you will be required to pay. (i.e. your agent, lawyer or banker).
Effective April 21, 2017, a 15% Non-Resident Speculation Tax is imposed on the purchase or acquisition of an interest in residential property located in the Greater Golden Horseshoe by individuals who are not citizens or permanent residents of Canada or by foreign corporations (foreign entities) or taxable trustees. This new tax is in addition to Ontario's current Land Transfer Tax.