Which Province has the Highest Probate Fees?

“Probate” is the recognition by the provincial court of the validity of your will and the appointment of the person named as executor. Granting of the “letters probate” is notice to the public that the will complies with the basic formal requirements and that the will was not being challenged at the time of application.

Probate fees are a tax on a person’s estate, and except for the provinces of Quebec and Alberta, and according to Fiscalagents.com, there is no limit to this tax. But you should confirm this information with your local probate office.

The following is a list (current as of 2012) of what Canadian provinces have the highest probate fees and how much these fees cost for a $1 million estate.

Nova Scotia  $14,600

Ontario — $14,500

British Columbia — $13,658

Saskatchewan — $7,000

Manitoba — $7,000

Nova Scotia — $5,000

Prince Edward Island — $4,000

Newfoundland — $560

Alberta — $400

Nunavut — $400 

Northwest Territories — $400

Yukon $140

Quebec — $0

Life insurance can be a great way to offset probate fees and other fees and taxes to your estate. The proceeds are pay out tax-free to your beneficiary and the money can be bought for pennies on the dollar. Permanent life insurance policies are generally used for estate planning in this way.

Permanent policies can be subdivided into three categories: term 100 insurance, universal life insurance, and whole life insurance. The latter two policies can build a cash value and offer an increasing death benefit.

For more details on life insurance and probate fees Canada, please contact us at 1-866-899-4849, or visit our Whole Life Insurance Quote Page. 

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  • Ami Maishlish
    November 7, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    As correctly noted in the article, probate “fees” are not “fees” as such but are a form of estate tax. In Ontario, for example, the name of the tax is “Estate Administration Tax” or EAT in short. So quite literally and accurately named, this is a tax through which the province comes to EAT away at the side of the deceased gravesite. Lawyers then also come to join the province in the feast and to add their fees to the EAT erosion of the estate. Therefore, a properly done life insurance needs analysis needs to also take the provincial EAT and the lawyers who come to join the feast into consideration.

    • LSM Insurance
      November 7, 2013 at 3:21 pm

      Thanks Ami. Nice analogy 🙂