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Buying a Home? Get the Facts on HST

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HST does not apply to resale homes


Revenue Minister Sophia Aggelonitis and Ontario Real Estate Association Immediate Past President, Dorothy Mason, today released a video explaining to prospective buyers the facts about the HST and the housing market.

The video highlights the fact that there is no HST on the purchase price of resale homes.  Sales tax did not apply to the purchase price of resale homes under the previous PST, and it does not apply under the HST.

For new housing, additional tax only applies to the portion of the price above $400,000.

The Ontario Enhanced New Housing Rebate means that buyers of new homes receive a rebate of up to $24,000 regardless of the price of the new home. Buyers of new homes priced up to $400,000 (about three-quarters of new homes built in Ontario) on average pay no more – and possibly even less – tax than under the previous PST, where sales tax was hidden in the price.

“Buying a home is one of the most important investments a person will make in their lifetime. That’s why I’m pleased to be working with OREA to provide information about purchasing a home in Ontario.”   —Minister of Revenue Sophia Aggelonitis

“A resale home costs tens of thousands of dollars less than many Ontarians think because HST does not apply to residential resale transactions.”  — Dorothy Mason, Immediate Past President, Ontario Real Estate Association


  • The HST does not apply to the purchase price of resale homes.
  • Sales tax did not apply to the purchase price of resale homes under the previous PST.
  • In addition to not having HST on resale homes, a refund of Land Transfer Tax of up to $2,000 is available to first-time home buyers of resale homes.


For media inquiries only:

Melissa Zanette, Minister’s Office, 416-314-4801

For OREA comment or to schedule an interview with President Barb Sukkau:

Jim Flood, Director Government Relations, 416-442-3408

All other inquiries:

Toll free 1 800 337-7222

Toll free 1 800 263-7776 TTY (Teletypewriter)

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Matthew Thornton is OREA’s Manager of Government Relations. In that role he provides policy analysis, research, writing and strategic expertise to OREA’s Director of Government Relations and Government Relations Committee on legislation, policy and regulations that affect REALTORS® and the real estate industry. Matthew also manages all the government relations social media channels for the association. Prior to joining OREA, Matthew worked as a legislative intern at Queen’s Park in the Ontario Legislature Internship Programme. As an intern, Matthew worked for two backbench MPPs in government and on the opposition benches. Matthew is an active member of the Canadian Society of Association Executives and the Public Affairs Association of Canada. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario and recently completed his Certified Association Executive designation.