Incentives For First-Time Buyers
First-time homebuyers have a number of Government programs and incentives available to them that current and previous homeowners don’t. The following Government initiatives are available for first-time buyers only:
The Home Buyers' Plan (HBP)
This is a government program that allows first-time homebuyers to withdraw up to $35,000 tax free from their RRSP ($70,000 per couple) to purchase or build a home. The funds can be used for the down payment or for purchase related items such as furniture, moving expenses or closing costs. This program has a number of qualifying requirements. Here are some of them:
- You must be a resident of Canada and the home must be your principal residence.
- The funds must be in your RRSP for a minimum of 90 days.
- To be eligible you cannot have owned a home in the preceding 5 years.
- You must replenish your RRSP over a 15 year period, or sooner, to avoid paying tax.
First Time Home Buyer Incentive
Land Transfer Tax Refund
Homebuyers' Tax Credit
The first-time homebuyer’s tax credit is a federal initiative that provides up to $750 in tax relief to first time buyers. To claim your credit you must apply for it on your T1 General tax return. For more information go to this website.
City of Kingston Down Payment Assistance Program
From time to time the City of Kingston offers down payment assistance programs designed to help first-time buyers with their down payment. Applicants must be buying a home in the City Kingston or the County of Frontenac. You must have a mortgage pre-approval and there are restrictions on purchase price and income. Upcoming programs will be advertised in local newspapers and details may be found on the website when available.