By now we all know that a foreign national who purchases a home in the GVRD pays an additional tax of 15%.
The government recently announced that this tax will no longer apply to foreign nationals who receive confirmation under the B.C. Provincial Nominee Program. To qualify, the buyer must be a confirmed B.C. Provincial Nominee before the title changes hands and the property must be used as a principal residence.
Further, this exemption may only be claimed once. If the foreign national purchases another property, they will pay the additional property transfer tax.
From what I can tell the B.C. Provincial Nominee Program is a program to allow skilled and qualified people to enter the labour market. Feel free to review www.welcomebc.ca/immigrate-to-b-c/b-c-provincial-nominee-program.
If you are helping a foreign national you should ask if they are registered under the B.C. Provincial Nominee Program to determine if they are eligible for this exemption.
Also, a refund may be available to a foreign national who has paid the additional property transfer tax between August 1, 2016 and March 17, 2017 and
1. is subsequently confirmed as a B.C. Provincial Nominee, or
2. becomes a permanent resident or Canadian citizen within 1 year of the transfer date.
Application forms are available on the government’s website.