Are you a first-time home buyer?
Unless you are a person with a disability or you are helping a related person with a disability buy or build a qualifying home, you have to be a first-time home buyer to withdraw funds from your RRSP(s) to buy or build a qualifying home.
You are considered a first-time home buyer if, in the four year period, you did not occupy a home that you or your current spouse or common-law partner owned.
Even if you or your spouse or common-law partner has previously owned a home, you may still be considered a first-time home buyer.
If you have a spouse or common-law partner, it is possible that only one of you is a first-time home buyer
The four-year period
Begins on January 1st of the fourth year before the year you withdraw funds.
Ends 31 days before the date you withdraw the funds.
For example, if you withdraw funds on March 31, 2016, the four-year period begins on January 1, 2012 and ends on February 29, 2016.
Can you participate in the HBP later?
If you are not considered a first-time buyer now, you may be considered a first-time home buyer later, once the four-year period has passed.
For example, if in 2010 you sold the home you lived in before, you may be able to participate in 2015. Or if you sold the home in 2011, you may be able to participate in 2016.
Are you building or buying a qualifying home?
You are considered to buy or build a qualifying home if:
- you buy or build it, or you are considered as buying or building it, before October 1st of the year after the year of the withdrawal;
- you buy or build it, alone or with one or more individuals.
- NOTE: We consider you to have built a qualifying home on the date it becomes habitable.
If you do not buy or build the qualifying home before October 1st of the year after the year you withdrew the funds, you can:
- cancel your participation in the HBP;
- buy or build a different home (replacement property) before October 1st of the year after the year you withdrew the funds.
NOTE: If you already withdrew, from your RRSPs, the $25,000 maximum allowed under the HBP, you cannot make any more HBP withdrawals to buy or build the replacement property.
Extensions for buying or building a qualifying home or replacement property
If you do not buy or build the qualifying home you indicated on Form T1036 (or a replacement property) before October 1st of the year after the year you withdrew the funds, we still consider you to have met the deadline if either of the following situations applies:
- You had a written agreement, in effect on October 1st of the year after the year you withdrew the funds, to buy a qualifying home or replacement property, and you buy the property before October 1st of the second year after the year of the withdrawal. In addition, you were a Canadian resident up to the time of purchase.
- You had paid an amount after the date of the first withdrawal and before October 1st of the year after the year you withdrew the funds to the contractors or suppliers (with whom you deal at arm's length) for materials for the home being built, or towards its construction, that was at least equal to the total of all withdrawals under the HBP.
Participating in the HBP for a related person with a disability?
Under the HBP, the home must better fit the needs of the disabled person than his or her current home. You can withdraw funds from your RRSPs under the HBP to buy or build a home, if:
- you are a person with a disability;
- you are buying or building a home for a related person with a disability;
- you are helping a related person with a disability to buy or build a home.
Regardless of the situation, you are responsible for making sure that all applicable HBP conditions are met.
If, at any time during your participation period, a condition is not met, your withdrawal will not be considered eligible and it will have to be included as income on your tax return for the year it is received.
Is my Home Buyers’ Plan balance up to date?
(If you have never participated in the HBP this section does not apply.)
If you have previously participated in the HBP, you may be able to do so again if:
- your HBP balance is zero on January 1st of the year during which you plan on withdrawing funds under the HBP;
- you meet all the other HBP conditions that apply to your situation.
Your HBP balance from your last participation is zero when the total of your yearly designated HBP repayments and any amounts included in your income (because no designated HBP repayment was made as required for a given year) equals the total eligible withdrawals you made from your RRSP under your participation in the HBP.
NOTE: The RRSP, PRPP, or SPP contributions you make in the first 60 days of a year, and designate as HBP repayments for the previous year reduce your HBP balance for purposes of determining whether your balance is zero on January 1st of the current year. For more information about designating HBP repayments, see repaying your withdrawals.
Do you meet the RRSP withdrawal conditions?
- You have to be a resident of Canada at the time of the withdrawal.
- You have to receive or considered to have received, all withdrawals in the same calendar year.
- You cannot withdraw more than $25,000.
- Only the person who is entitled to receive payments from the RRSP can withdraw funds from an RRSP. You can withdraw funds from more than one RRSP as long as you are the owner of each RRSP. Your RRSP issuer will not withhold tax on withdraw amounts of $25,000 or less.
- Normally, you will not be allowed to withdraw funds from a locked-in RRSP or a group RRSP.
- Your RRSP contributions must stay in the RRSP for at least 90 days before you can withdraw them under the HBP. If this is not the case, the contributions may not be deductible for any year.
- Neither you nor your spouse or common-law partner or the related person with a disability that you buy or build the qualifying home for can own the qualifying home more than 30 days before the withdrawal is made.
- You have to buy or build a qualifying home for yourself, for a related person with a disability, or to help a related person with a disability buy or build a qualifying home before October 1st of the year after the year of the withdrawal.
- You have to fill out Form T1036, Home Buyers' Plan (HBP) Request to Withdraw Funds from an RRSP for each eligible withdrawal.
NOTE: You are responsible for making sure that all HBP conditions are met. If you make a RRSP withdrawal under the HBP and a condition is not met, your RRSP withdrawal(s) may not be considered eligible. You will have to include part or all of the withdrawal(s) as income on your income tax return for the year you received the funds. If we have already assessed your tax return for that year, we will reassess it to include the withdrawal(s). If you do not meet the conditions to participate in the HBP in the current year, you may be able to participate in future years.