Wise real estate decisions are made when you have a clear understanding of your personal financial circumstances. When assessing your situation, it is important to know there is a broad range of cost-saving programs available to help you.

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Updated: March 2016

Home Buyers’ Plan: Registered Retirement Savings for down payments

Canada Revenue Agency’s Home Buyers' Plan lets qualifying home buyers use up to $25,000 of their Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) to buy a home. Couples can use up to $50,000. The home must be the principal residence, the home buyers must not have owned a home within the past five years and the loan must be repaid within 15 years.

Home buyers who have already used the plan and have fully repaid their RRSP may be eligible to use the plan a second time.

Disabled home buyers upgrading to a more accessible home also qualify as do relatives helping disabled home buyers.

Canada Revenue Agency
For information:
Home Buyers' Plan
1-800-959-8287

 

First-Time Home Buyers' Tax Credit

This federal non-refundable income tax credit is for qualifying buyers of detached, attached, apartment condominiums, mobile homes or shares in a cooperative housing corporation.

The credit is calculated by multiplying the lowest personal income tax rate for the year by $5,000. For the 2015 tax year, the maximum credit is $750.

Canada Revenue Agency
For information:
www.cra.gc.ca/hbtc
1-800-959-8281

GST Rebate on new homes

New home buyers can apply for a rebate of the 5% GST if the purchase price is $350,000 or less. The rebate is equal to 36% of the GST to a maximum rebate of $6,300. There is a proportional GST rebate for new homes costing between $350,000 and $450,000. There is no rebate for homes priced at $450,000 and above.

Canada Revenue Agency
For information:
GST- New housing rebate
1-800-959-8287

BC Property Transfer Tax (PTT)

Home buyers in BC pay a provincial Property Transfer Tax (PPT) when they buy a home. The tax is charged at a rate of 1% on the first $200,000 of the purchase price and 2% on the remainder, up to a maximuim of $475,000.

First-time home buyers may be exempt from paying the PTT. There is a proportional exemption for homes priced between $475,000 and $500,000. At $500,000 and above the rebate is nil.

BC Ministry of Finance
For information:
Property Transfer Tax
250-387-0604

BC property tax deferment programs

Seniors
Qualifying home owners aged 55+ may be eligible to defer property taxes.

Financial hardship
Qualifying home owners may be eligible to defer property taxes.

Families with children
Qualifying home owners who financially support children under age 18 may be eligible to defer property taxes.

BC Ministry of Finance
For information:
Property tax deferment programs
and enter ‘Property tax deferment’ in the search box or contact your municipal tax office.

BC Home Owner Grant

Reduces property taxes for home owners with an assessed value of up to $1,200,000. The basic grant gives home owners:

• a maximum reduction of $570 in property taxes on principal residences in the Capital, Greater Vancouver, and Fraser Valley regional districts
• an additional grant of $200 to rural homeowners elsewhere in the province
• an additional grant of $275 to seniors aged 65+, those who are permanently disabled, and verterans of certain wars

For information:
Home Owner Grant
Or contact your local municipal tax office.

Home Adaptations for Independence (HAFI)

A program jointly funded by federal and provincial governments provides up to $20,000 to help eligible low-income seniors and disabled home owners and landlords  finance modifications to their homes to make them accessible and safer.

For information:
BC Housing
604-433-2218
1-800-257-7756

BC Seniors' Home Renovation Tax Credit

Assists eligible seniors 65+ with the cost of certain permanent home renovations to a principal residence to improve accessibility or help a senior be more functional or mobile at home. The maximum amount of the refundable credit is $1,000 per tax year and is calculated as 10% of the qualifying renovation expense (maximum $10,000).

For information:
BC Government
Canada Revenue Agency

Rain barrel subsidy programs

Many Metro Vancouver municipalities offer rain barrels for sale, often at a discount for their residents:
Burnaby - $70
Coquitlam - $72
Richmond - $30
West Vancouver - $55

Other municipalities have similar offers.

For information:

Burnaby
Coquitlam
Richmond
West Vancouver

Local government water conservation incentives

Your municipality may provide grants and incentives to residents to help save water.

Clothes washers: North Vancouver City, North Vancouver District, District of West Vancouver, and Richmond, in partnership with BC Hydro Power Smart, offer $100 rebates when home owners buy Energy Star clothes washers.

Richmond offers a $100 utility rebate when home owners install a low-flush toilet.

For information:
Visit your municipality’s website and enter ‘toilet rebate' to see if there is a program.

BC Hydro

Local government water meter programs

Your municipality may provide a program for voluntary water metering so that you pay only for the amount of water you use. Burnaby (scroll down), Delta, Richmond and West Vancouver have programs and other municipalities may soon follow.

For information:
Visit your municipality’s website and enter ‘water meter’ to see if there is a program.

Water saving kits

Many Metro Vancouver municipalities offer water wise kits and other tools for reducing home water consumption including Burnaby, Coquitlam, and Delta.

For information:
Burnaby
Coquitlam
Delta

BC Hydro Power Smart savings and rebates

Improving your home's efficiency and saving on your electricity bill can be easy if you know where to start.

 

For information:
BC Hydro - Rebates and savings

BC Hydro Leaders in Energy Management Program for businesses

BC Hydro partners with BC’s largest commercial, government and institutional customers (who spend $200,000 or more/year on hydro). Customers gain access to energy management programs, tools and incentives.

Formerly called BC Hydro Power Smart Partner Program for business.

For information:
BC Hydro
1-866-522-4713

BC Hydro Business Energy Saving Incentives for businesses

Provides financial incentives to organizations that replace inefficient technologies with energy efficient technologies.

Formerly called BC Hydro Power Smart Express for business.

For information:
BC Hydro
1-866-522-4713

FortisBC new home energy rebate offer

FortisBC and BC Hydro customers can receive rebates when building Energy Star new homes or when installing high-efficiency natural gas appliances. Homes must be built between April 1, 2015 and March 31, 2016. Applications are due September 30, 2016.

For information:
FortisBC

FortisBC rebate program for homes

Rebates for home owners include:
• $300 rebate for buying an EnerChoice fireplace
• up to $1,800 off an Energy Star water heater
• $1,000 rebate for switching to natural gas (from oil or propane) and installing an Energy Star heating system

Total amount of available rebates is $5,300 per household.

For information:
Fortis BC
1-800-663-8400

FortisBC rebate program for businesses

For commercial buildings, provides:
• up to $45,000 for the purchase of an energy efficient boiler
• up to $15,000 for the purchase of a high-efficiency water heater
• funding towards a new construction energy study

For information:
Fortis BC
1 800-663-8400

Energy Conservaton and Assistance Program

BC Hydro and FortisBC offer free energy assessments and energy saving products to income-qualifying households. Qualified contractors will install upgrades ranging in value from $300 to $5,000 depending on the need of the home.

For information:
BC Hydro
FortisBC

Energy savings kits

BC Hydro and FortisBC offer low-income customers a free energy saving kit containing products to help save energy and money.

For information:
BC Hydro
FortisBC

Home Energy Rebate Offer

BC Hydro and FortisBC offer home owners rebates for upgrades and improvements, including insulation, draftproofing, space and water heating system is and ventilation to reduce the average customer’s energy bill by 30%. There is a bonus offer for completing three or more of certain upgrades.

Total value of available rebates is almost $5,300 per household.

For information:
FortisBC

Smart Thermostat Pilot Program

The City of Vancouver and Vancity are offering a $125 rebate for a home owner purchasing 1 of 3 smart thermostats that automatically controls the climate in your home. This pilot program runs to December 2016.

For information:
City of Vancouver

Heritage Energy Retrofit Grant (pilot program)

Grants of up to $3,000 per household to assist with energy retrofits for Vancouver homes built before 1940 and homes listed on the Vancouver Heritage Register. This pilot runs to August 31, 2016. It is sponsored by Vancouver Heritage Foundation and the City of Vancouver Sustainability Group with assistance from City Green Solutions. Qualifying retrofits include insulation, air sealing, window repairs and storm windows, and high efficiency forms of heating and hot water.

Vancouver Heritage Foundation - grant application form  

Financial institutions - energy-related savings

RBC's Energy Saver Mortgage
Home owners who have a home energy audit within 90 days of receiving a RBC Energy Saver Mortgage may qualify for a rebate of $300 to their RBC account.

RBC's Energy Saver Loan
Offers a 1% interest rate discount or a $100 rebate on a home energy audit with a qualifying purchase through a fixed rate loan over $5,000.

BMO Eco Smart Mortgage
Offers home buyers a special rate on qualifying green properties.

Vancity Home Energy Loan
Offers home owners up to $50,000 at prime + 1% for up to 15 years for energy efficient renovations.

CMHC Mortgage Loan Insurance Premium Refund
Provides home buyers with CMHC mortgage insurance, a 10% premium refund and possible extended amortization without surcharge when buyers purchase an energy efficient home or make energy savings renovations.

For information visit your financial institution or
RBC- mortgage 1-800-769-2511
RBC- loan
BMO
Vancity
CMHC  1-800-668-2642
or 604-731-5733

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