Nova Scotia Land Transfer Tax

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When you a buy a house, condo or land in Nova Scotia you are subject to land transfer tax which is due upon closing. Use’s calculator to determine your applicable land transfer tax or view Nova Scotia's current rates below and follow along with our sample calculation.

Nova Scotia land transfer tax calculator

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Provincial: Provincial Land transfer tax (LTT), typically calculated as a percentage of the purchase price of a home, is required when purchasing a home in Canada. All provinces have a LTT, and the amount varies in each province. plus
Municipal: Municipal Some municipalities, like Toronto, levy an additional LTT, which is similarly calculated as a percentage of the purchase price of a home. plus
Rebate: Rebate If you are a first-time home buyer in British Columbia or Ontario, you will be eligible for LTT rebates, equal to the value of the LTT up to a maximum amount set by the province. minus

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Land transfer tax rates in Nova Scotia – Updated in 2016

Land transfer tax rates in Nova Scotia vary in different municipalities. The tax rates for Nova Scotia's 10 largest cities are shown below. The full table can be accessed through the provincial government`s Nova Scotia land transfer tax tables page.

In the Halifax area, the land transfer tax is 1.5% of the home's purchase price.

Municipality Tax rate
Halifax 1.5%
Dartmouth 1.5%
Sydney 1.5%
Glace Bay 1.5%
Truro 1.0%
Sydney Mines 1.5%
Sydney Mines 1.5%
New Glasgow 1.0%
Amherst 1.25%
New Waterford 1.5%
Kentville 0.0%

Nova Scotia land transfer tax example calculation

Let’s assume you are purchasing a home for $200,000 in Halifax. Your land transfer tax will be:

Nova Scotia land transfer tax sample calculation
$200,000 Purchase Price 1.5% Halifax Tax Rate =
$3,000 Land Transfer Tax