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Three levels of government are investing $154 million in five rental multi-residential development projects in Quebec City.

Nova Scotia Eliminates Apartment Construction Tax

The Nova Scotia government is removing its 10% sales tax from rental-housing construction projects, the Canadian Press reported recently.

The move comes after federal Housing Minister Sean Fraser sought the tax removal in a letter to Nova Scotia Premier Tim Houston. On September 14, Ottawa scrapped the G.S.T. on apartment projects to help curb Canada’s severe rental-housing shortage.

Premier Houston’s decision means that Nova Scotia multi-family real estate developers will be spared from paying a total of 15% in construction taxes.

The province intends to review the effects of its decision on the market in two years. Nova Scotia’s opposition parties have supported the government’s decision.

After Ottawa scrapped G.S.T. charges, Ontario and Newfoundland Labrador agreed to lift their provincial sales taxes. However, Quebec has refused, contending that the move would cost $1.5 billion.

NAIOP Canada has called for all remaining provincial rental-housing construction taxes to be scrapped.

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