Federal budget 2024

On April 16, 2024, Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland released the Liberal Government’s federal budget. Titled Fairness For Every Generation, Budget 2024 with net new spending of $39.2 billion over the next five years and includes significant changes to capital gains tax, with some support on the sale of small businesses and a focus on affordability.

Budget 2024 does not propose changes to the following items:

  • Personal income tax rates;
  • Corporate income tax rates; and
  • The Principal Residence Exemption.

Budget 2024 also does not introduce a wealth tax for individuals.

However, Budget 2024 does propose to:

  • Increase the capital gains inclusion rate for corporations, trusts, and certain individuals;
  • Increase the Lifetime Capital Gains Exemption; and
  • Introduce a new Canadian Entrepreneurs’ Incentive to provide preferential tax treatment for sales of qualifying shares of a business.


Changes to capital gains tax

  1. Increase the capital gains inclusion rate from 50% to 66.67%: 
    • On capital gains over $250,000 realized by individuals 
    • On all capital gains realized by corporations and trusts 
    • For capital gains realized on or after June 25, 2024
  2. Revise Alternative Minimum Tax proposals impacting philanthropy 
    • Permit 80% of charitable donation tax credits to be claimed

Support for small businesses

  1. Increase the Lifetime Capital Gains Exemption to $1.25 million
    • 23% in the exemption for dispositions on or after June 25, 2024
  2. Introduce the Canadian Entrepreneurs’ Incentive:
    • Preferential capital gains inclusion rate of 33.33% on up to $2 million of eligible capital gains
    • $2 million limit is phased in by $200,000 increments per year from 2025 until 2034

Focus on affordability

  • Increase the Home Buyers’ Plan (HBP) withdrawal limit from $35,000 to $60,000
  • Temporarily defer HBP repayment period by an additional 3 years
  • Permit 30-year mortgage amortizations for first-time buyers of newly built homes
  • Invest in national housing and health programs 
  • Launch a new Canada Disability Benefit

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