September 30, 2023

The cut-off date when shopping for a house is a time for celebration for many homebuyers – keys are transferred from the vendor to the customer and lots of hurdles have already been overcome to realize this massive step. Nonetheless, earlier than breaking out the champagne there are a number of bills that must be paid for first. 

These closing prices should be paid upfront in money and embody the down cost, PST in your mortgage mortgage insurance coverage premium, land switch tax, authorized charges, title insurance coverage and different miscellaneous prices. 

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To assist first-time homebuyers higher perceive what prices they need to count on to pay on closing day, we compiled estimates based mostly on common dwelling costs in 24 main markets throughout Ontario. Calculations assume the minimal down cost is made (and consists of the preliminary deposit quantity), that every one land switch tax (LTT) rebates for first-time dwelling patrons have been utilized, and that mortgage default insurance coverage prices have been rolled into the mortgage, and therefore don’t must be paid on closing day. 

How A lot Will Consumers Pay on Closing Day Throughout Ontario?

Dwelling patrons in Oakville can count on to pay the most important quantity on closing day, although this isn’t shocking as Oakville has one of many highest common dwelling costs in all of Ontario at $1,571,254 – greater than twice the nationwide common of $686,371. That requires a down cost of $314,251 and a ultimate closing invoice of $340,151. 

The subsequent three spots on our listing come from York Area, with Richmond Hill being the second-most costly market, Vaughan the third, and Markham the fourth. These York Area cities all have minimal down funds above $260,000 and shutting payments above $280,000.

Consumers in search of affordability must head out of the Better Toronto Space and into smaller cities like Guelph, Barrie, St. Catharines and Kingston, which all have common dwelling costs beneath the Ontario common of $884,700. Although even amongst these cities there exists fairly a giant hole in bills. Guelph’s common dwelling value of $808,200 would require a closing day invoice of $68,867, whereas Kingston’s common dwelling value of $525,100 solely requires a closing day invoice of $34,079. 

For optimum affordability, look to Northern Ontario the place dwelling costs are considerably decrease. Sudbury is the second most reasonably priced market on our listing, with a mean dwelling value of $423,400 and a ultimate closing invoice of $25,400. Sault Ste. Marie has the smallest closing day prices for first-time dwelling patrons with a mean dwelling value of $274,100 and a ultimate closing invoice of $16,538 – greater than $60,000 cheaper than the provincial ultimate closing invoice. 

Try the infographic beneath to see how estimated closing prices vary throughout Ontario for first-time dwelling patrons in the event that they had been buying the average-priced dwelling in every metropolis.


Common dwelling costs for March 2023 had been sourced from every metropolis’s regional actual property board or the Canadian Actual Property Affiliation.

The minimal down cost is due on closing day and is calculated as follows:

  • Buy value of $500,000 or much less: 5% of the acquisition value
  • Buy value of $500,000 to $999,999: 5% of the primary $500,000 of the acquisition value, 10% for the portion of the acquisition value above $500,000
  • Buy value of $1 million or extra: 20% of the acquisition value

The mortgage mortgage insurance coverage premium may be paid on closing day, or added to the house’s mortgage quantity. The mortgage insurance coverage premium for a mortgage based mostly on a 5% down cost (i.e. loan-to-value ratio of 95%) is 4% of the entire mortgage, i.e. 4% x (dwelling worth – down cost).

The PST on the mortgage insurance coverage premium in Ontario is 8% and is due on closing day.

Ontario land switch tax (LTT), excluding the rebate for first-time dwelling patrons of as much as $4,000, is calculated as:

  • Quantities as much as and together with $55,000: 0.5% 
  • Quantities from $55,000.01 to $250,000: 1.0% 
  • Quantities from $250,000.01 to $400,000: 1.5% 
  • Quantities from $400,000.01 to $2,000,000: 2.0% 
  • Quantities over $2,000,000: 2.5%

Eligible first-time patrons in Ontario can obtain a LTT rebate of as much as $4,000.

Dwelling patrons within the Metropolis of Toronto are additionally topic to a Municipal Land Switch Tax (MLTT). Charges observe the identical construction because the Ontario LTT. Eligible first-time patrons within the Metropolis of Toronto can obtain a LTT rebate of as much as $4,000.

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