BC Home Flipping Tax and What it Means for Real Estate

Introducing the BC Home Flipping Tax: A Closer Look

In recent years, the British Columbia housing market has been a topic of concern, with soaring prices and limited affordability affecting many residents. In an effort to address these issues, the BC government has introduced the BC Home Flipping Tax, a new policy aimed at curbing short-term property speculation.

What is the BC Home Flipping Tax?

The BC Home Flipping Tax is a 20 percent tax on the gain from the sale of a home within a one-year time horizon. Additionally, there is a pro-rated tax on sales up to within a two-year period. This tax applies to both properties and assignments of contracts, and is in addition to any existing federal or provincial income taxes incurred from the sale of the property, including the federal anti-flipping tax.

Exemptions and Impact

Exemptions will be available for certain life circumstances that might motivate the sale of a property within two years, including for added supply through the creation of rental accessory dwelling units. The BCREA Economics Department's preliminary analysis estimates the flipping tax will decrease home sales by between 1-2 percent over a three-year period. However, prices and housing attainability are expected to remain essentially unchanged by the tax, as short-term flipping represents a low share of sales activity in both Vancouver and Victoria (less than 2 percent).

Potential Effects on the Housing Market

While the impact on sales and housing prices may be minimal, the tax could prompt some potential sellers to delay listing their properties. This could result in a lower level of listings inventory than without the tax, potentially leading to an increase in home prices compared to a no-tax baseline.

The Path Forward

Ultimately, the BC Home Flipping Tax is just one step towards stabilizing the housing market. Ensuring that housing remains abundant is crucial to preventing harmful short-term speculation. 


The BC Home Flipping Tax represents a proactive approach by the BC government to address short-term property speculation and promote stability in the housing market. While its impact on sales and prices may be modest, it underscores the importance of ensuring that housing remains accessible and abundant for all residents.