Prohibition on the Purchase of Residential Property by Non-Canadians Act Update

In addition to the Certificate and Consent of Purchaser – Individual, the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) has developed the Certificate and Consent of Purchaser – Corporation or other Entity to assist your members in legal compliance with the Prohibition on the Purchase of Residential Property by Non-Canadians Act

These resources can be used in conjunction with other due diligence practices. If REALTORS® choose to use the relevant certificate, it should be completed before assisting or advising a potential purchaser. Both certificates are also now available on CREA WEBForms®

REALTORS® have an obligation to Know Your Client pursuant to the FINTRAC Regime. This includes identifying clients and recording certain information. One key difference is that under the FINTRAC Regime you may identify your client at the time of the transaction, whereas pursuant to this law, REALTORS® should ID clients before assisting or advising them on the purchase of a property. 

Another difference is FINTRAC beneficial ownership obligations require REALTORS® to identify any individual who owns 25% or more of a corporation/entity, whereas this law requires REALTORS® to determine substantially all owners or those who may control the corporation/entity to assess their status as non-Canadians.  

As real estate is provincially regulated, REALTORS® should ensure they comply with any guidance provided by their provincial regulator, board, and association.

To download CREA’s certificates and learn more about the Regulations we have added additional resources to  

Update on identifying if a property location is excluded from the prohibition

According to the Regulations, properties located outside of either Census Metropolitan Areas (CMAs) or Census Agglomerations (CAs) are excluded from the prohibition. 

Statistics Canada’s list of CMAs and CAs can be found here, where a thorough list is available under the Data section at bottom of that page which highlights the 160 CMAs and CAs across Canada.

An interactive mapping tool has also been created to assist individuals who have been reaching out to Statistics Canada.

Request for information

CREA has spoken with many boards and associations across the country about the new regulations. We would like to continue to hear from you about the impact of this legislation on REALTORS® and their clients.

If you have a story from your region of how a REALTOR® or a potential foreign buyer has been negatively impacted by the prohibition, please let us know by sharing at It’s important we understand the impact this prohibition has on our members as we continue to make representations to the government.

The guidance above is for information purposes and is not legal advice or a substitute for legal counsel.

The trademarks REALTOR®, REALTORS®, and the REALTOR® logo are controlled by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) and identify real estate professionals who are members of CREA.

Author: bramptonrealestateboard

At the Brampton Real Estate Board (BREB) we believe in the ownership of Real Estate. Our objective is to contribute to the capability and growth of our members in their endeavors by marketing all forms of real property throughout the greater Brampton, Halton Hills and Caledon marketplaces and beyond. The Brampton Real Estate Board is dedicated to providing an environment in which it’s Member REALTORS®, employees, Board of Directors, and Committee volunteers are encouraged to grow, succeed and develop in order to provide the highest level of professional conduct and service.

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