2024 B.C. Budget Highlights

On February 22, 2024, British Columbia’s Minister of Finance, Katrine Conroy, tabled the province’s budget for the 2024-2025 fiscal year. We have highlighted selected tax measures relevant to individuals and small businesses in British Columbia.


Personal Tax Rates

The budget did not propose any changes to personal income tax rates. The personal tax brackets continue to be indexed.

2023 Taxable Income 2024 Taxable Income Rate
$0 to $45,654 $0 to $47,937 5.06%
$45,654 to $91,310 $47,937 to $95,875 7.70%
$91,310 to $104,835 $95,875 to $110,076 10.50%
$104,835 to $127,299 $110,076 to $133,664 12.29%
$127,299 to $172,602 $133,664 to $181,232 14.70%
$172,602 to $240,716 $181,232 to $252,752 16.80%
Over $240,716 Over $252,752 20.50%

Top Combined BC and Federal Rates

Income Type 2023 2024
Salary, interest, pension, foreign 53.50% 53.50%
Eligible dividends 36.54% 36.54%
Non-eligible dividends 48.89% 48.89%
Capital gains 26.75% 26.75%

Top rates apply to taxable income over $252,752 and $240,716 (2023) based on known federal and B.C. rates at February 22, 2024.

Introduction of Home Flipping Tax

  • New provincial flipping tax for residential property held less than two years
  • 20 per cent tax rate applies to the profit from the sale within 365 days of purchase and the tax rate will decline to zero on a straight-line basis between 366 and 730 days (e.g. the flipping tax rate will be 10 per cent for 548 days between purchase and sale dates)
  • Flipping tax also applies to profits from the assignment of contracts
  • Exemptions for life circumstances are available, such as separation, divorce, death, disability, illness, work relocation, involuntary job loss, change in household membership, personal safety, or insolvency
  • Individuals selling their primary residence within two years of purchase receive a maximum $20,000 exemption when calculating taxable profit from sale
  • The flipping tax is in addition to any federal or provincial income taxes incurred from the property sale
  • Measure will apply to properties sold on or after January 1, 2025

Bonus to B.C. Family Benefit

Annual B.C. Family Benefit with Bonus Maximum Benefit Family Income < $35,902 Minimum Benefit Family Income < $114,887
First child $2,188 $969
Second child $1,375 $937
Each Additional child $1,125 $906
  • Temporary 25 per cent bonus increase to both the annual benefit amounts and the income thresholds to determine eligibility for the benefit
  • More families will be eligible for the family benefit payments due to the increased income thresholds
  • Effective July 1, 2024 to June 30, 2025

Increase to Climate Action Tax Credit

Maximum Annual Climate Action Tax Credit Prior As of July 1, 2024
Adult $447.00 $504.00
Spouse or common-law partner $223.50 $252.00
Each Child $111.50 $126.00
  • Single parents will continue to receive the spouse/partner amount for the first child in the family
  • Income thresholds for the credit phase out will also increase to $41,071 for individuals and $57,288 for families
  • Effective July 1, 2024

Other Income Tax Measures

  • Oil and gas exploration expenditures will no longer qualify for the mining exploration tax credit, effective February 23, 2024
  • Training tax credit for individuals extended for one year to the end of 2025 (apprentices with disabilities or First Nations status)

Property Transfer Tax Measures

Increase to First-Time Home Buyers’ Exemption Threshold

  • First-time home buyers’ exemption threshold increases from a fair market value of $500,000 to $835,000, with the first $500,000 exempt from property transfer tax
  • Phase-out range is $25,000 above the threshold, with the complete elimination of the exemption at $860,000
  • Effective April 1, 2024

Increase to Newly Built Home Exemption Threshold

  • Qualifying newly built homes purchased as a principal residence are exempt from property transfer tax where the value is under the exemption threshold
  • Exemption threshold increased from a fair market value of $750,000 to $1,100,000
  • Phase-out range is $50,000 above the threshold, with the complete elimination of the exemption at $1,150,000
  • Effective April 1, 2024

Enhancement to New Purpose-Built Rental Buildings Exemption

  • Purchases of new qualifying purpose-built rental buildings will be exempt from property transfer tax.
  • Residential portion of building must be entirely used for rental purposes and have at least four apartments
  • Effective for transactions that occur between January 1, 2025 and December 31, 2030

Speculation and Vacancy Tax Amendment

  • Person who possesses a residential property under a lease registered in the Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia will be treated as the registered occupier of the property
  • Leaseholder is responsible for the filing and payment of the speculation and vacancy tax
  • Effective January 1, 2024


Corporate Tax Rates

The budget did not propose any changes to corporate income tax rates and it did not change the $500,000 provincial small business income threshold. The calendar year rates below reflect a December 31st year end.

Income Type B.C. Rate Federal Rate Combined Rates Calendar 2024
General corporate 12.00% 15.00% 27.00%
Small business 2.00% 9.00% 27.00%
CCPC* investment 12.00% 38.67% 50.67%
Non-CCPC investment 12.00% 15.00% 27.00%
Manufacturing and processing income 12.00% 15.00% 27.00%

Based on known federal and B.C. rates at February 22, 2024
*Canadian Controlled Private Corporation

Increase to Employer Health Tax (EHT) Exemption Threshold

  • Doubling of the EHT remuneration threshold from $500,000 to $1 million
  • Notch rate increase from 2.925 per cent to 5.850 per cent for the $1 million to $1.5 million bracket
  • Effective January 1, 2024

Other Business Income Tax Measures

  • Training tax credit for employers extended for three years to the end of 2027 (employing apprentices with disabilities or First Nations status)
  • Regional and distant location tax credits are amended to exclude animation productions from eligibility, effective June 1, 2024
  • Shipbuilding and ship repair industry tax credit extended for two years to the end of 2026

Refer to the 2024 B.C. Budget here for further details.

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