Purchasers in most large Canadian centres can add Land Transfer Taxes to their list of closing costs.

Unless you live in Alberta, Saskatchewan, or rural Nova Scotia, land transfer taxes (or property purchase tax) are a basic fact of life. These taxes, levied on properties that are changing hands, are the responsibility of the purchaser. Depending on where you live, taxes can range from a half a per cent to two per cent of the total value of the property.

Many provinces have multi-tiered taxation systems that can prove complicated. If you purchase a property for $300,000 in British Columbia, for example, 1 per cent is charged on the first $200,000, and the amount over $200,000 ($100,000 in this case) is taxed at 2 per cent. Your total tax bill? $4,000.
The following chart illustrates Land Transfer Taxes by province.

BRITISH COLUMBIA - Property Purchase Tax
Up to $200,000 X 1 % of total property value
From $200,000 up X 2 % of total property value

MANITOBA - Land Transfer Tax
Up to $30,000 N/A
From $30,000 to $90,000 X .5 % of total property value
From $90,000 to $150,000 X 1 % of total property value
From $150,000 up X 1.5 % of total property value

ONTARIO - Land Transfer Tax
Up to $55,000 X .5 % of total property value
From $55,000 to $250,000 X 1 % of total property value
From $250,000 to $400,000 X 1.5 % of total property value
From $400,000 up X 2 % of total property value

QUEBEC - Transfer Tax
Up to $50,000 X .5 % of total property value
From $50,000 to $250,000 X 1 % of total property value
From $250,000 up X 1.5 % of total property value

NOVA SCOTIA - Land Transfer Tax
Halifax Metro - 1.5 per cent on total property value
Outside Halifax County - Check with local municipality.