No timeline set for changes to B.C. government’s foreign buyers tax

On the heels of the U.S. travel ban, a surprise announcement by the premier that could make life a bit easier for foreign workers in B.C. Christy Clark announced she's scrapping the foreign buyer's tax for those who move here to live and work. Ted Chernecki reports.

VANCOUVER – The B.C. government has announced a tweak to its tax on foreigners buying residential property in Metro Vancouver, but what the specific changes will look like and who will be impacted remains to be seen.

Premier Christy Clark said Sunday that the province will lift the tax for people who have work permits and are paying taxes in order to attract more people to B.C.

But the finance ministry says in a statement that details of the regulations are still being worked out, including when the new policy will come into effect and whether it will retroactively cover people with work permits who have already paid the tax.

READ MORE: B.C. foreign buyers tax really did yank down Vancouver home prices: BMO

The statement says regulations will be announced “in due course” and that the tax has been effective so far.

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The 15 per cent levy was implemented last August in a bid to cool skyrocketing real estate prices in Metro Vancouver.

Opposition NDP housing critic David Eby says the tax made it more difficult for companies to recruit and retain employees because it added another surprise cost to living in B.C.

WATCH: Premier Christy Clark explains why B.C. will be lifting the foreign buyers tax for people with work permits.

Raw: Christy Clark on B.C. foreign buyers tax exemptions
Raw: Christy Clark on B.C. foreign buyers tax exemptions
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