New Resources Available for Prohibition on the Purchase of Residential Property by Non-Canadians Act

In addition to the Certificate and Consent of Purchaser – Individual, the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) has developed the Certificate and Consent of Purchaser – Corporation or other Entity  to assist your compliance with the Prohibition on the Purchase of Residential Property by Non-Canadians Act.

These resources can be used in conjunction with other due diligence practices. If REALTORS® choose to use the relevant certificate, it should be completed before assisting or advising a potential purchaser. Both certificates are also available on CREA WEBForms®.

REALTORS® have an obligation to Know Your Client pursuant to the FINTRAC Regime. This includes identifying clients and recording certain information. One key difference is that under the FINTRAC Regime you may ID your client at the time of the transaction, whereas pursuant to this law, REALTORS® should ID clients before assisting or advising them on the purchase of a property.

Another difference is FINTRAC beneficial ownership obligations require REALTORS® to identify any individual who owns 25% or more of a corporation/entity, whereas this law requires REALTORS® to determine substantially all owners or those who may control the corporation/entity to assess their status as non-Canadians.

As real estate is provincially regulated, REALTORS® should ensure they comply with any guidance provided by their provincial regulator, board, and association.

To download CREA’s certificates, and learn more about the Regulations, we have added additional resources to

Update on identifying if a property location is excluded from the prohibition

According to the Regulations, properties located outside of either Census Metropolitan Areas (CMAs) or Census Agglomerations (CAs) are excluded from the prohibition.

Statistics Canada’s list of CMAs and CAs can be found here, where a thorough list is available under the Data section at bottom of that page which highlights the 160 CMAs and CAs across Canada.

An interactive mapping tool has also been created to assist individuals who have been reaching out to Statistics Canada.

Request for information

We’ve spoken with many boards and associations across the country about the new Regulations and would also like to hear from you.

If you have a story from your region, where you, a fellow REALTOR® or a potential foreign buyer has been negatively impacted by the prohibition, please let us know by sharing at It’s important we understand the impact this prohibition has on our members as we continue to make representations to the government.

The guidance above is for information purposes and is not legal advice or a substitute for legal counsel.