Renovating or building a major addition to your home? You can qualify for an HST Rebate from the CRA!

If you are considering – or have already completed – a home renovation or major addition to your already existing home, you may qualify for an HST Rebate through the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). The same rebate applies for those that are building or have built a new house – whether doing it yourself or hiring a contractor to do so.

Using the GST/HST New Housing Rebate Application for Owner-Built Houses, you can qualify for a federal rebate up to $6,300 and a provincial rebate up to a maximum of $24,000 if you paid HST on the purchase of the land –  and $16,080 if no HST was paid on the land purchase. This specific HST rebate application covers the aforementioned scenarios: major addition, substantial home renovation, and owner-built houses.

Of the three types of HST housing rebates available, the one for owner-built houses has the most arduous process in terms of completing and submitting paper work to the CRA. As a homeowner who has recently completed a home renovation, added a major addition, or built a new house, you may find the process of completing the application on your own a little daunting. More importantly, attempting to do the application on your own may result in making errors that will prevent you from getting the maximum rebate that you are entitled to from the CRA.

To begin with, it is important to know you have two years from when your addition, renovation, or built has reached substantial (i.e. 90%) completion. Additionally, you need to know what qualifies as a ‘major addition’ or ‘substantial renovation’. Lastly, it is important that you keep all invoices for the work done on file so that you can complete the worksheets required to complete the application.

With the experts on hand at, we can answer your questions and guide you through the application process, so that you can be sure to get the maximum rebate that you are entitled to. Whether you are considering a build, renovation, addition or have recently completed one, do not hesitate to ask the experts for some help!