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The bill aims to provide more housing for locals facing a housing crunch. In late December 2022, the Canadian government said the ban applied only to urban housing, not to recreational residential properties such as summer villas.
Canadian citizens and permanent residents are not subject to the ban, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported. Other potential buyers face different rules. Among them, international students and foreign workers can buy a property as long as they have lived in Canada for a certain number of years, indicating that they intend to become permanent residents. If the ban is violated, the person concerned may be convicted and fined up to $10,000.
The “purchase ban” was proposed by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during the 2021 election campaign, when Canadian house prices soared, making it impossible for many locals to buy houses.
“the house is for people to live in, not just for investors to speculate,” Trudeau said in his election speech. He believes that the Canadian housing industry has attracted a large number of foreign investors, resulting in high vacancy rate and low utilization rate in Canada.
The average selling price of a house in Canada last month was 630000 Canadian dollars (3.19 million yuan), according to the Canadian Association of Realtors.
Canada is one of the most unaffordable countries in the world for house prices, thepaper.citing the BBC reported on January 3. As of the summer of 2022, the average price of a home in the country was 777200 Canadian dollars (3.93 million yuan), more than 11 times the median annual after-tax income of Canadian households.
Although house prices in Canada fell slightly in 2022, they are still much higher than they were 10 years ago. The average house price in the country was C $522951 in 2013, compared with a 48 per cent rise in 2022. At the same time, average household income in Canada has been struggling to keep pace with rising house prices. The latest figures show that the country’s median after-tax income grew by only 9.8 per cent from 2015 to 2020.
Toronto and Vancouver, the two largest cities in Canada, are often among the top 10 most affordable cities in the world, according to an analysis of the price-to-income ratio by Statista, a German data analyst.