What we know so far
The Enhanced GST Rental Rebate will apply to new residential buildings with:
- at least four private apartments or 10 private rooms; and
- 90 percent of residential units designated for long-term rental.
Projects to convert non-residential buildings into purpose-built rental housing may qualify for the Enhanced GST Rental Rebate. The enhanced rebate is also available to Public Service Bodies.
The Enhanced GST Rental Rebate will not apply to individually owned condominium units and single-unit homes (among others), or for substantial renovations to existing residential complexes. However, the existing GST Rental Rebate of 36 percent will still apply for eligible properties.
Qualifying project construction must begin between September 14, 2023, and December 31, 2030 (inclusive), and be completed by December 31, 2035.
Many details are still outstanding
As no detailed information or draft legislation was released with the announcement, uncertainty remains on how the Enhanced GST Rental Rebate will be implemented and administered, including:
- Any additional restrictions or requirements for properties to qualify for the enhanced rebate
- Milestone(s) to be considered the start of project construction to qualify for the enhanced rebate
- Definitions (e.g., what is considered a “private apartment” or a “private room”)
- Whether the provinces will implement a similar enhanced rebate program
- If the enhanced rebate will follow the same application process and timelines as the existing GST Rental Rebate or a separate application process will be involved
While the federal government introduced proposed legislation to the House of Commons on September 21st, these proposals currently do not address the above uncertainties. Further clarification is expected once the government releases regulations and additional guidance on this measure.
If you have any questions contact Andrew Linton, Partner, Indirect Tax, at Andrew.Linton@mnp.ca.