Last updated: April 28, 2023
What this tool is all about:
This tool lets you get an estimate of what your land transfer tax will be when you purchase a Ontario property.
Probably one of the largest closing costs for buyers, the Ontario land transfer tax is a one time fee paid to your provincial government when a property or home is transferred from the seller to you. The Ontario land transfer tax is applied to every home or property once purchased and will depend on the value of the property.
In addition to the provincial land transfer tax, if you are buying a home in Toronto, you will also have to pay a municipal land transfer tax to the city. The boundaries that are defined as Toronto is Steeles Avenue (North), Etobicoke (West), Scarborough (East) and Lake Ontario (South).
Yes. There is some form of land transfer tax that all provinces and territories in Canada have, but the exact amount will depend on the location and will vary. You are required to pay land transfer tax on your property purchase unless you qualify for a rebate/exemption.
The land transfer tax is a source of revenue for the provinces that collect them and goes towards paying for public services and infrastructure.
You will need a few key pieces of information, such as your purchase price, down payment and location. This will quickly give you an estimate of your Ontario land transfer taxes, however this is just an estimate and you should work with your advisor to get the exact amount.
The land transfer tax you would have to pay will vary depending on the province you live in. To calculate Ontario land transfer tax, you would need the purchase price of your property and the tax rate. The tax rates based on the purchase price are:
It’s a good idea to budget anywhere from 1-2% of property value just to cover your land transfer taxes, as these will be a part of your closing costs and cannot be rolled into your mortgage.
Here are some land transfer calculations based in Toronto, Ontario (keep in mind this does not include legal fees):
|Purchase Price||Land transfer tax||Land transfer tax rebates||Net tax payable|
|$500,000.00||Municipal LTT: $6,475
Provincial LTT: $6,475
|$670,000.00||Municipal LTT: $9,875
Provincial LTT: $9,875
|$750,000.00||Municipal LTT: $11,475
Provincial LTT: $11,475
|$1,500,000.00||Municipal LTT: $26,475
Provincial LTT: $26,475
Anyone who purchases a property must pay a land transfer tax to the province in which they bought the property and it must be paid when the transaction closes. Depending on your location, residents might have to pay both provincial and municipal land transfer tax. In Toronto, Ontario, residents will have to pay both provincial and municipal land transfer tax.
If you are a first-time home buyer in Ontario, you might be able to claim a land transfer tax rebate. If you are buying in Toronto, you might be able to claim a land transfer tax rebate for both your provincial and municipal land transfer taxes.
If you are a first-time buyer in Ontario, you can get a rebate of up to $4,000.00 for the land transfer tax on closing. This rebate can cover the full tax for homes valued up to $368,000. For homes valued above $368,000, you will need to pay the remaining tax beyond the $4,000 rebate. If you are a first-time buyer in Toronto, you can get a rebate of up to $4,475.00 for the municipal land transfer tax (MLTT) on closing.Your eligibility for this first-time home buyer land transfer tax refund is based on the following:
This rebate does not apply to commercial, industrial or multi-residential properties.
If you are unsure if you are eligible for the first-time home buyer land transfer tax rebate, talk to your lawyer to confirm.
Few areas in Canada will charge both provincial and municipal land transfer tax. In fact, only three cities in Canada have both: Toronto, Montreal and Halifax.
All other remaining provinces and territories charge registration fees based on the value of the property being bought or transferred. These fees are usually much lower compared to typical Canadian land transfer tax rates.
Ontario land transfer tax is typically based on the amount paid for the property, in addition to the amount remaining on any mortgage or debt assumed as part of the purchase. The calculation can include the purchase price, liabilities assumed, benefits conferred, soft costs and the cost of upgrades.
Land transfer tax can also be based on the fair market value of the land in certain scenarios.For example:
|Purchase Price of Property||Marginal Tax Rate|
|Up to and including $55,000||0.5%|
|$55,000.01 to $250,000||1%|
|$250,000.01 to $400,000||1.5%|
|$400,000.01 to $2,000,000||2%|
|$2,000,000 and above||2.5%|
It’s important to note that each portion of your home’s value is taxed at a unique rate. See below for an example Ontario land transfer tax formula:
These calculations can sometimes be confusing, which is why we have created the Ontario land transfer tax calculator. Simply input your details and you’ll instantly get an estimate.
It’s a rule of thumb to budget around 2-3% of the purchase price of your property to go towards closing costs (or use our closing cost calculator to get a more exact figure). Land transfer tax cannot be added into your mortgage and must be paid as soon as you take possession of the property from the seller on closing day.
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