Liberals move forward on help for first time home buyers

A re-elected Liberal government will help Canadians buy their first home.

For a lot of people, saving up for a down payment can feel out of reach as real estate prices continue to rise. For ten years, Stephen Harper’s Conservatives did nothing to address these systemic problems. In Toronto, people are facing  housing prices up to sixty per cent higher than the national average.

“Every Canadian should have a safe, affordable place to call home, but in too many communities, owning a home remains out of reach,” said Adam Vaughan. “The Liberal government has made major progress to change that. With today’s announcement, we’re making sure people in downtown Toronto have a leg up in buying their first home – and helping Canadians lay the groundwork for a better future.”

In recent years, housing speculation by foreign owners has become a major challenge, driving up housing prices for people across the country. Canada is not a place for those who wish to purely speculate in the housing market, and we need a national approach to protect families who are being priced out of buying a first home.

A re-elected Liberal government will:

  • fully implement the First-Time Home Buyer Incentive, which provides Canadians with up to ten per cent off the purchase price of their first home;
  • immediately expand the Incentive to provide more help to communities in the greater Toronto, Vancouver, and Victoria regions by allowing homes valued at up to $789K to qualify;
  • address the impact of foreign speculation, which drives up housing costs, by putting in place a consistent national speculation and vacancy tax for non-resident, non-Canadians.

In addition to introducing the First-Time Home Buyer Incentive, our Liberal government also:

  • launched Canada’s first-ever National Housing Strategy, a ten-year plan that will help more than 600,000 Canadians find safe and affordable places to live;
  • funded the construction of nearly 140,000 more housing units to be built by 2028; and
  • created the new Canada Housing Benefit to help 300,000 Canadians with the high costs of rent.

“The Conservatives voted against the First-Time Home Buyer Incentive and have no plan to help address the real concerns Canadians have about being able to own their own home,” said the Leader of the Liberal Party, Justin Trudeau. “Liberals believe in investing in people and in communities, which is why we are taking these steps to make homeownership an achievable dream, not just a privilege for the richest few.”