Overseas homes in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and the rest of Canada, outside of parts of British Columbia, could soon be subjected to a national vacancy tax for the first time, reported the Montreal Times (29 November 2019). The tax would apply to all residential properties owned by non-Canadians who are not resident in Canada but houses, condos and townhomes that are rented to tenants who are not immediate family members will be exempt. The B.C. and Ontario foreign buyer taxes shifted the attention of Chinese buyers — the largest group of foreign homebuyers in Canada — from Vancouver and Toronto to other centres, according to Juwai.com, a China-based real estate portal. As of 2018, Chinese inquiries for residential purchases in Montreal grew by 35.7 per cent year-over-year. Calgary had a considerably greater increase of 234 per cent, Juwai said.