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Exemption for Foreign Workers in Canada’s Foreign Buyer Ban

One of the key aspects of the recent amendments to the foreign buyer ban regulations in Canada is the exemption granted to certain foreign workers. These changes have significant implications for foreign nationals working in Canada and for the broader housing market in the country.

Work Visa Holders and the Foreign Buyer Ban

The foreign buyer ban was initially introduced to curb soaring housing prices in some Canadian regions by restricting non-resident individuals from purchasing residential properties. However, with the recent amendments, foreign nationals residing in Canada for work have been carved out as an exemption.

Understanding the Exemption

Under the new rules, foreign nationals holding a valid work permit, and who live and work in Canada, may be exempt from the foreign buyer ban. This means they could potentially purchase residential property in the regions where the ban applies, despite not being Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

This exemption recognizes the contribution of foreign workers to the Canadian economy and society, and provides them the opportunity to own property in the country where they live and work. This change also aligns with the objective of attracting and retaining skilled foreign workers in Canada.

Implications for Foreign Workers and the Housing Market

For foreign workers, this exemption could be a game changer. It gives them the chance to invest in the Canadian real estate market, potentially helping them establish stronger roots in the country.

From a broader market perspective, this could lead to an increase in housing demand, especially in areas with a high concentration of foreign workers. However, it may also intensify competition for housing, particularly in areas where supply is already limited.

Navigating the Changes

Foreign workers looking to take advantage of this exemption should seek advice from real estate professionals or legal advisors to understand the implications and the process involved. While this change provides an exciting opportunity, it’s also crucial to consider the complexities of buying property, including the financial commitment and the potential impact of future regulatory changes.

The new exemption for foreign workers indeed represents a significant shift in Canada’s real estate policies. As the effects of this change unfold over time, it will be important for all stakeholders, including foreign workers, employers, and the broader real estate sector, to stay informed and prepared.

Please note, this article provides general information and should not be construed as legal or financial advice. For advice specific to your situation, or if you are a Filipino in Canada with a work visa or student visa and you are interested in buying a property, schedule your appointment with Northam Law


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Melissa has 8+ years of combined Commercial, Business and Contract Law experience as In-House Counsel in manufacturing, health, real estate development, and broadcast communication industries. She is instrumental in developing strategies to minimize legal risk and ensure regulatory compliance.

She has 6+ years of Human Resources Management experience and a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation. Her practice includes Family Law, Civil Litigation, Wills & Estates and Real Estate & Conveyancing.

For fun, she visits ancient sites and ruins and belts out popular Broadway tunes.

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Northam Law is a boutique law firm offering advisory services in Real Estate Law and Conveyancing, Business Law, and Human Resources. Our practice areas also include Wills & Estates and Family Law. Notarization services are also available.

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