You can apply for the First-time Home Buyers’ Rebate if the newly-built home will be your primary residence and you meet 1 of the following criteria:
- the newly built home is the first house you have owned and occupied in Canada in the last 5 years
- the newly built home will replace your previous home (a home that was involuntarily destroyed in the last 5 years)
The rebate is not for renovations or converting a rental to a condominium.
Proof of housing situation
- letter from landlord about your housing situation
- eviction notice
- disconnection notice
- police report about an incident involving your housing
- moving company quote or invoice
- list of repairs needed in home
- list of expenses for renovations needed for independence in the home
- proof of home ownership (mortgage, property ownership)
To apply for the rebate at no cost to you, follow these steps:
- Complete the First-time Home Buyers’ Rebate application (pdf).
- Check the application for details on all required supporting documents.
- Send your completed application and supporting documents by mail. Or visit the Business Registration Unit.
Before you start, there are copies of supporting documents you need to have, including:
- building permit, occupancy permit and worksheet of construction costs for homes built on land you owned before construction started
- deed, purchase and sale agreement, and statement of adjustments on letterhead, showing tax breakdown for homes bought with land or a condominium unit
- bill of sale, and purchase and sale agreement for manufactured (mobile) homes bought and installed on leased land
- bill of sale, purchase and sale agreement, and cooperative housing corporation statement of adjustments on letterhead, showing tax breakdown for shares in cooperative housing corporation
It should take 3 to 6 weeks (about 1 and a half months) to get the rebate. It can take longer if more information is needed or if your application has not been filled in correctly.