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Tax Incentive and Rebate Programs

The Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program (MFTIP) allows landowners who get their property classified as 'Managed Forest' to pay 25 per cent of the municipal tax rate set for residential properties.

To participate, you must prepare and follow a 10-year Managed Forest Plan that details how you will manage your forest property responsibly. The plan must be approved by a Managed Forest Plan Approver.

To be eligible you also need to:

  • own 4 hectares (9.88 acres) or more of forested land on a single property
  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or be a Canadian corporation or Canadian partnership
  • have a minimum number of trees on each hectare (acre) of forest you own

Under the Conservation Land Tax Incentive Program (CLTIP), you could qualify for a 100 percent property tax exemption for land that has important natural heritage features. To qualify, the land must be:

  • Provincially significant wetlands, a provincially significant area of natural or scientific interest, community conservation lands or land designated escarpment natural area in the Niagara Escarpment Plan
  • At least half an acre in size
  • Maintained in its natural state and made available for inspection by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Rebate Programs

The Township offers a tax rebate for Charitable Organizations, and qualifying low income property owners.

Charitable organizations may be eligible for a 40 percent tax reduction, if they:

  • Have a valid registration number
  • Are located in a commercial or industrial property

To apply, qualifying charities must submit the Registered Charities Application Form to the Finance department by February 28 of the following tax year.

To qualify for one of the property tax assistance grants of $375, the applicant must own the residential property and occupy it as their principal residence. The owner must be in receipt of either:

  • Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) for seniors; or
  • Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) payments for persons with a disability.

To apply, qualifying property owners must submit the Low Income Seniors or Low Income Persons with Disabilities Tax Assistance Application to the Finance Department by August 31 of the current taxation year.

Contact Us

Tax Department
181 Perry Street,
P.O. Box 780 | Port Perry, ON L9L 1A7
905 985 7346 ext. 102 or 106 | F 905-985-9914 | Email
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