Land Titles Transfer Tax for Winnipeg Home Buyers

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I wrote about Winnipeg Land Titles office, and the reason why there is usually a 3 to 4 week delay between the date-of-possession for a home, and the date-of-receiving money for the sale.  A while back,  I sat down with a nice couple who were writing an offer on a house, and the conversation turned to the ‘Closing Costs’  (which includes the land titles transfer tax) of the purchase.  The conversation went something like this:.

Mr. Buyer: So aside from the lawyers fees (which we had already discussed), what other costs will I need to budget for?

Bo: Well, there will be home insurance.  Good news is that you won’t have to pay any property taxes, because we’re doing this in January.  But of course you have to budget for the  Land Titles Transfer Tax.

Mr Buyer:  A tax?  Just for changing the title of the house?  How much is THAT going to cost?

I did a quick mental calculation, and gave him the cost, and then watched as his face went thru the classical 5 stages of grief, from Denial (“This Can’t Be Right), to Anger ((F*#@ing Govm’t), Bargaining (Isn’t there a way around this), Depression (Oh, Man…..that’s alot of dough) to finally  Acceptance (Well,  It IS a nice house and there is NO WAY around it, short of leaving our province).  So just how much is the government raking in with this tax?

Land Titles Transfer Tax: Financial ‘kick in the ‘nads’ to buyers

Land Titles Transfer Tax calculation:

While Manitoba is not the only province to impose this tax, it is by far the most aggressive and onerous.  Thru a set of formulas, we arrive at a figure of $1720 for a $200,000-house or condo.  With Winnipeg’s average house price hovering around the $230,000 mark, we can see that our Provincial Government is collecting approx. $2000 in taxes, EVERY TIME the title of a house is transferred.  But wait, you say….  didn’t Bo just tell us that it costs $1720 for a $200K home?

Yes, but I haven’t told you the worst part:  ABOVE the $200K price, this tax adds an additional 2% on EVERY DOLLAR.

So, a $300,000 home will cost you $3720   (calculated by adding the $1720 base, plus 2% on the additional $100,000 price = $3720)

While the Land Titles Transfer Tax  is especially difficult for young, first-time home buyers , even people ‘with money’ find an added tax of 4 grand or more to be a financial ‘hit’.  For that reason, Winnipeg REALTORS® have been lobbying to change this regressive tax.  Let’s bring it more in line with other western provinces.  Ideally, inline with Alberta, where a $200K home costs $75 in Land Titles Transfer Tax and a $300K home costs $95.  But heck, let’s not even look at those numbers, lets instead compare to my wife’s home province of Saska-Bush ….  where it costs just $1200 to transfer the title of a $400,000 home.

Manitoba’s fee for transferring the Title of a $400,000 home:  $5,720

F.A.Q. About Land Titles Transfer Tax

What is Land Titles Transfer Tax in Winnipeg?

This is a one-time tax paid each time a property is ‘transferred’ between owners. It is calculated based on the value of the property. Most provinces in Canada do have a Land Titles Transfer Tax, but each jurisdiction has their own way of calculating the tax.

Who pays the Land Titles Transfer Tax?  The Buyer or the Seller?

In Winnipeg, the LTTT (Land Titles Tax) is paid by the buyer. It is paid EACH time you buy a property, house, condo or vacant land. If you sell the property at a later time, there is NO refund or credit. It is quite literally a tax grab by the provincial and civic governments.

Do I have to pay the Land Titles Transfer Tax on a Condo?

Yes, any type of residential property, including houses, condos and vacant land are subject to this tax.

How do I calculate the Land Titles Transfer Tax in Manitoba?

We have a tool that will help you embedded in our App. Its available here… Land Titles Tool.

For a look at more comparisons and for a more in-depth article on the Land Titles Transfer Tax, go to the Winnipeg REALTORS® website at https://2muchltt.com There is even a link to contact your local MLA.

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34 COMMENTS

  1. Wow, I can’t imagine having to have to pay that kind of money to transfer the title over on a house. Isn’t there something that can be done? Letters that can be written? Laws passed? Something? But if it is such a great place I guess you’re right, you’re just kind of screwed. Sorry!

    • Believe me, our real estate association has been trying. Lobbying the various levels of government to get this Land Titles Tax (grab) under control. But government levels are only to happy to keep this issue on the back burner and keep charging those fees.

      • …and another interesting point: Someone just listed an 11-million dollar home in Winnipeg, and the land titles tax on that would be $217,730….. outrageous.

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