Programs and Financial Assistance for Home Ownership in Canada

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According to the 2019 Canadian Income Survey, the median after-tax income of Canadian families and unattached individuals was $62,900 in 2019. In the fourth quarter of 2020, the average price of a detached single-family home in Canada was about $700,000.

To help Canadians purchase homes, a few programs exist to make it easier.

The Home Buyers Plan (HBP)

The Home Buyers Plan (HBP) is a program that allows you to withdraw up to $35,000 per person from each of your RRSP accounts in a calendar year to buy, build, or maintain, a qualifying home. Learn about Home Buyers Plan eligibility here. Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) gives you up to 15 years to repay the RRSPs that were withdrawn under the Home Buyers Plan.

The First-Time Home Buyer Incentive

The First-Time Home Buyer Incentive helps people purchase their first home. Through this program, the Government of Canada provides a percentage of the home’s purchase price to put toward a down payment. This addition to your down payment lowers your mortgage carrying costs making homeownership more affordable.

The incentives are:

  • 5% or 10% for a first time buyer’s purchase of a newly constructed home
  • 5% for a first time buyer’s purchase of a resale (existing) home
  • 5% for a first time buyer’s purchase of a new or resale mobile/manufactured home

The incentive is available to first time home buyers with qualified annual incomes of $120,000 or less. A participant’s insured mortgage and the incentive amount cannot be greater than four times the participant’s qualified annual income.

Learn more about the program and eligibility here.

Should You Buy or Rent a Home?

Buying a home is one of the biggest decisions you’ll make in your life, and it’s a personal choice that’s different for everyone. Consider your lifestyle and financial position as well as the future you envision for yourself and how affordable that future might be.

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Since writing this article, the Canadian government announced a new incentive for home ownership, the First Home Savings Account. You can learn more about it here.

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