First-Time Buyer Federal Housing Programs
First-time home buyers:
- First-Time Home Buyer Incentive (FTHBI): Provides a shared equity mortgage with the Government of Canada to help first-time home buyers lower their monthly mortgage payments without increasing their down payment.
- First-Time Home Buyers’ Tax Credit (HBTC): Budget 2022 proposed increasing the amount used to calculate the First-Time Home Buyers’ Tax Credit to $10,000 (from $5,000), which would provide a tax credit of up to $1,500 to eligible home buyers. This amendment applies to the 2022 and subsequent taxation years.
- Home Buyers’ Plan (HBP): Allows eligible home buyers to withdraw up to $35,000 from their Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) to put towards the down payment of their first home.
- Tax-Free First Home Savings Account (FHSA): Designed to give first-time home buyers the ability to save $40,000 on a tax-free basis with an annual contribution limit of $8,000. The government is working with financial institutions to have the infrastructure in place for individuals to be able to open an FHSA and start contributing at some point in 2023.