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June 1, 2021

Manitoba’s Soaring Land Transfer Taxes Need Reform

  • In “Damage Control: Options for Reforming the Land Transfer Tax in Manitoba,” authors Bev Dahlby and Jack Mintz examine the land transfer tax in Manitoba and consider three options for its reform.
  • “Compared to other Canadian cities, the land transfer tax in Winnipeg for a property sold at $500,000 is third highest in the country,” write the authors. Winnipeg only trails Vancouver and Toronto while soaring above Montreal, Moncton and St. John’s.
  • The authors remain critical of land transfer tax in general. The tax can reduce the number of real estate transactions, hurt young families and those moving to Manitoba. It is also inequitable, as people who need to move more frequently bear more tax, regardless of their income or wealth.
Bev Dahlby

Bev Dahlby is a member of the Fiscal and Tax Competitiveness Policy Council and a Fellow-in-Residence at the C.D. Howe Institute. He is also a Research Fellow at the School of Public Policy, University of Calgary.

Jack Mintz

Dr. Jack M. Mintz is a Senior Fellow of the C.D. Howe Institute. He is also the President’s Fellow of the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary, after serving as the Palmer Chair and founding Director from January 1, 2008 to June 30, 2015.