Frequently asked questions about the land transfer tax
Who pays land transfer tax?
When you acquire a property or land, you pay land transfer tax to the province when the transaction closes.
Land transfer tax is normally based on the amount paid for the land, in addition to the amount remaining on any mortgage or debt assumed as part of the arrangement to buy the land.
In some cases, land transfer tax is based on the fair market value of the land, for example, where:
- the transfer of a lease with a remaining term that can exceed 50 years
- the transfer of land is from a corporation to one of its shareholders, or
- the transfer of land is to a corporation, if shares of the corporation are issue
If you are a first-time homebuyer, you may be eligible for a refund of all or part of the land transfer tax.
Other land taxes
Local municipalities charge a tax on the residential or business property you own. If you have questions about municipal property tax, contact your local municipality. If your property is located in an unorganized territory (an area without municipal organization) of Ontario, property tax is collected through the provincial land tax program administered by the Provincial Land Tax Office in Thunder Bay.
If you buy property in the City of Toronto, you may also pay the City of Toronto’s own municipal land transfer tax.
Harmonized sales tax
The harmonized sales tax (HST) applies to newly constructed homes or substantially renovated homes, but does not apply to resale homes. Buyers of new homes may receive a rebate of up to $24,000 of the provincial portion (8%) of the HST. If you have any questions about the HST rebate please contact the Canada Revenue Agency at 1 800 959-1953.