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First-Time Home Buyers Rebate

Nova Scotia's First-Time Home Buyers Rebate is a rebate equivalent to 18.75 per cent of the provincial portion of the HST or 1.31 per cent of the purchase price of capital stock in a housing cooperative, up to $3,000, on newly built homes.

This program is for newly constructed homes only and does not include renovations or conversions from rentals to condominiums.

What's New

New Maximum Rebate

Posted: 04-04-2012

On April 3, 2012, the government announced that the maximum rebate provided under the First Time Home Buyers’ Rebate Program has risen to $3,000 from $1500, effective April 1, 2012. For details of the change see Maximum Rebate Increase – Does this apply to me?

Do I qualify for the rebate?

You will qualify for the rebate if:

  • the newly constructed home will be used as your primary residence; and
  • the individuals that will occupy the newly constructed home:
    • have not owned and occupied a home in Canada in the last five years; or
    • the home they owned and were occupying at the time was involuntarily destroyed within the last five years

What homes qualify for the rebate?

  • homes built on land you owned before construction started
  • homes built on land owned by the builder
  • condominium units
  • manufactured homes installed on leased land
  • the purchase of a share in a Cooperative Housing Corporation

What is the application deadline for the rebate?

  • You have 24 months from the date of sale noted on your deed transfer documents, if you purchased your home.
  • You have 24 months from the bill of sale date if you purchased a manufactured home installed on leased land or a share in a cooperative housing corporation.
  • You have 24 months from the date of your occupancy permit if your home was built on land you own.