Canadian Government Extends Non-Resident Buyer Ban to 2027

Canadian Government Extends Non-Resident Buyer Ban to 2027

In a concerted effort to address the pressing issue of housing affordability for Canadians, the Canadian government has announced the extension of the ban on non-resident buyers in the residential real estate market until January 1, 2027. This measure aims to curb speculative investment and stabilize housing prices, allowing greater accessibility to home ownership for Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

The extended ban, while targeting residential real estate, comes with specific exemptions designed to accommodate certain groups and circumstances:

Exemptions include:

  • Recreational Properties: Non-resident buyers are permitted to purchase recreational properties.
  • Buildings with More Than 3 Units: Properties with more than three units are exempt from the ban.
  • Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents: Canadian citizens and permanent residents are not subject to the ban.
  • International Students: International students who meet specific requirements, such as having spent the majority of the previous five years in Canada, are eligible to purchase properties valued at no more than $500,000.
  • Workers: Foreign workers who have worked and filed tax returns in Canada for at least three out of the four years preceding the property purchase are exempt.
  • Diplomats, Consular Staff, and Members of International Organizations: Individuals falling under these categories and residing in Canada are not affected by the ban.
  • Foreign Nationals with Temporary Resident Status: This includes individuals fleeing conflict and refugees.

Moreover, an important amendment accompanying the extension of the ban pertains to the permissible threshold for non-resident control in residential property purchases. In response to concerns raised by developers, the government has raised the threshold from 3% to 10%. This adjustment aims to strike a balance between addressing housing affordability concerns and maintaining a conducive environment for real estate development.

The decision to extend the ban reflects the government's commitment to fostering a housing market that prioritizes the needs of Canadian residents. By limiting speculative investment from non-resident buyers and providing exemptions for specific groups, the government aims to create a more inclusive and sustainable housing landscape.

With the ban now extended to 2027 and accompanied by amendments to address industry concerns, stakeholders across the real estate spectrum will be closely observing the impact of these measures on housing affordability and market dynamics in the years to come.

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