On January 1, 2023, the federal Prohibition on the Purchase of Residential Property by Non-Canadians Act and associated Regulations (the “Act”) came into force and effect. As the name suggests, the Act bans Non-Canadians, as defined by the Act, from directly or indirectly purchasing certain Residential Property in Canada for a period of two years.
- Prohibition on the Purchase of Residential Property by Non-Canadians Act
- Prohibition on the Purchase of Residential Property by Non-Canadians Regulations
- Canadian Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) FAQ
NEW AMENDMENTS EFFECTIVE MARCH 27, 2023
Enable more work permit holders to purchase a home to live in while working in Canada.
The amendments will allow those who hold a work permit or are authorized to work in Canada under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations to purchase residential property. Work permit holders are eligible if they have 183 days or more of validity remaining on their work permit or work authorization at time of purchase, and they have not purchased more than one residential property. The current provisions on tax filings and previous work experience in Canada are being repealed.
Repealing existing provision so the prohibition doesn’t apply to vacant land.
We are repealing section 3(2) of the regulations, so the prohibition does not apply to all lands zoned for residential and mixed use. Vacant land zoned for residential and mixed use can now be purchased by non-Canadians and used for any purpose by the purchaser, including residential development.
Exception for development purposes.
This exception allows non-Canadians to purchase residential property for the purpose of development. The amendments also extend the exception currently applicable to publicly traded corporations under the Act, to publicly traded entities formed under the laws of Canada or a province and controlled by a non-Canadian.
Increasing the corporation foreign control threshold from 3% to 10%.
For the purposes of the prohibition, with regards to privately held corporations or privately held entities formed under the laws of Canada or a province and controlled by a non-Canadian, the control threshold has increased from 3% to 10%. This aligns with the definition of ‘specified Canadian Corporation’ in the Underused Housing Tax Act.