All applications to rebate programs must be submitted to the Tax Department.
Rebates are available to vacant business units at the same percentage as discounts afforded to property owners of vacant and excess land: 30% for commercial properties and 35% for industrial properties (Section 364 of the Municipal Act, 2001).
Eligible property owners must submit an application to the municipality each year that a building, or portion of a building is vacant. The application deadline for the current year is February 28th of the following year.
To be eligible for a rebate, a building or portion of a building must satisfy the following:
- Buildings are entirely vacant for at least 90 consecutive days.
- Commercial buildings are partially vacant for at least 90 consecutive days. Suites or units must be:
- Unused in this time period and clearly delineated or physically separated from the used portions of the building; and
- Capable of being leased for immediate occupation; or not capable of being leased for immediate occupation due to repairs or renovation rendering it unfit for occupation.
- Industrial buildings are partially vacant for at least 90 consecutive days. Suites or units must be unused in this time period and clearly delineated or physically separated from the used portions of the building.
For more information, visit the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation website or contact the Tax Department.
Every municipality must have a tax rebate program for eligible charities, to provide relief from taxes on the properties they occupy (Section 361 of the Municipal Act, 2001).
The program is applicable to registered charities that are tenants in a commercial or industrial class property. The landlord may be contacted by the charity to provide certain information that the Municipality of West Nipissing requires in order to process the application.
The application deadline for the current year is February 28th of the following year. Registered charities must apply every year for the rebate.
For more information, see By-Law 2012/50.
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Every municipality must have a by-law for relieving financial hardship by offering cancellation or relief on increases in property taxes for low-income seniors or low-income persons with disabilities (Section 319 of the Municipal Act, 2001, c.25). This tax relief may be granted to a residential unit once a year.
You may be eligible for this property tax relief if:
- You are 65 years old or older and receiving Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) payments; or
- You are a low-income person with disabilities and in receipt of assistance paid under the Ontario Disability Support Program Act.
Eligibility also includes:
- The owner or spouse occupies the residential property on a permanent basis;
- The owner or spouse have owned the property for at least one year preceding the application date;
- The property tax balance (including any arrears of taxes) is paid in full.
If the property is co-owned with persons other than the owner’s spouse, all co-owners must qualify under the above eligibility criteria.
For more information, please see By-Law 2019/47.
Download the Application Form.