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Capped Assessment Program (CAP)

In Nova Scotia there is Provincial Legislation that places a ‘cap’ on the amount that residential property assessments can increase year over year. Usually the amount ‘capped’ is based on the percentage change in Nova Scotia Consumer Price Index. If you are eligible for the CAP your property notice will reflect a Capped Assessment.

The provincial CAP legislation states that if you purchase a home and the property does not stay within your family (transferred to a spouse, child, grandchild, great grandchild, parent, grandparent, brother or sister) your property assessment will not be capped. 

CAP rates:

2019 = 2.9%

2018 = 0.9%

2017 = 1.4%

2016 = 0.3%

2015 = 2.1%

2014 = 0.9%

2013 = 1.4 %

2012 = 3.9 %

2011 = 2.9 %

2010 = 0 %

 Detailed information on the CAP Program 


Eligibility Criteria



  • Eligible At least 50% owned by a Nova Scotia resident 
  • Residential property with less than four dwelling units or vacant resource 
  • Annual increase in market value greater than the Nova Scotia Consumer Price Index
  • Ownership remained within the family 
  • Owner occupied condominium 
  • Manufactured home
  • Manufactured home park, co-operative housing, residential or resource portions of commercial farm

Not Eligible 

  • Majority owned by an out of province resident
  • Commercial property
  • New construction
  • Transfer in ownership during the year unless to a close family member
  • Non-owner occupied condominium