Canadian investors exploring Italian real estate

Canadian Investors: Italian Real Estate 2024

Against the backdrop of Canada’s prolongation of its ban on foreign involvement in its real estate market, this blog post serves as an update on previous discussions, offering insights into recent developments. We aim to provide Canadian investors with an understanding of shifts in Canadian property law and explore potential investment opportunities in Italian real estate.

Canada’s recent decision to extend the Foreign Property Purchase Restriction Act (FPPRA) for an additional two years has reignited debates. Questions arise regarding the ban’s effectiveness in alleviating housing shortages and its impact on housing affordability for Canadians.

Furthermore, this decision has sparked conversations about investment prospects. Economists and real estate agents contend that foreign ownership has not been the primary driver of demand in Canada. Official data indicates a drop in foreign ownership of homes in Canada, to just 1% from 2 to 3% in 2021, according to Statistics Canada.

Foreign buyers have been implicated in driving up property prices in countries like Australia, the UK, and New Zealand. However, only Canada has taken as firm a stance in banning foreign ownership.

For Canadian investors eyeing real estate opportunities abroad, including Italy, the landscape presents questions. For example, can Canadian investors still pursue real estate investments amidst these regulatory changes?

The Impact of Italian Property Investment Laws on Canadian Investors

Because of Canada’s FPPRA, Canadian investors exploring the Italian real estate market face reciprocal arrangements in Italy.

However, an amendment to the FPPRA in 2023 offers an exemption, unlocking investment opportunities for Canadian investors exploring the Italian real estate market.

The FPPRA Amendment

An amendment introduced on March 27th, 2023, to Canada’s FPPRA, marked a significant shift in reciprocal property investment regulations.

This pivotal amendment exempts certain properties from purchase restrictions in Canada. In particular, those located outside Census Agglomerations or Census Metropolitan areas.

Unlocking Potential for Canadian Investors in Italian Real Estate

Canadian investors exploring Italian real estateWith the aforementioned exemption under the FPPRA, Canadian investors exploring Italian real estate can now seize promising prospects.

Italian properties located in areas with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants have now become accessible to Canadian buyers. To find out more about these areas click here. 
This legal change creates opportunities for Canadian investors exploring Italian real estate markets.

While the FPPRA exemption presents opportunities, due diligence remains paramount for Canadian investors venturing into Italian real estate. Verifying property eligibility through legal professionals will ensure compliance with regulations and mitigate risks.

Finally …

As Canada navigates its real estate policies, Canadian investors exploring Italian real estate have an opportunity to broaden their investment portfolios. With legal exemptions facilitating access to properties in Italy, prudent due diligence and legal guidance are essential for a successful investment venture.

At De Tullio Law Firm, we take immense pride in providing top-tier legal services to our clients. Additionally, we have a strong reputation for delivering pragmatic and efficient solutions. If you are looking to buy Italian real estate, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We are right beside you, guiding you every step of the way.


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Click here to read the news release from Department of Finance Canada


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