Federal Change to the Canada Home Buyers Plan Launched January 1, 2020

The Home Buyers’ Plan (HBP) helps first-time home buyers save for a down payment by allowing them to withdraw up to $35,000 from a registered retirement savings plan to purchase or build a home without having to pay tax on the withdrawal.

Beginning in 2020, individuals who experience a breakdown of a marriage or common-law partnership—in the year of making a withdrawal or in any of the four preceding calendar years—will be able to access the Home Buyers’ Plan, even if they do not meet the first-time home buyer requirement.

Further information about the HBP—including additional rules relating to the breakdown of a marriage or common-law partnership—is available on the Canada Revenue Agency website.