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Charitable organizations, low-income seniors, and low-income persons with disabilities may be eligible for a property tax rebate or deferral. Owners of properties that experienced a change during the year may be eligible for a tax adjustment.
Provide your Input!The City is asking all members of the public to
provide input regarding potential changes to Barrie's
vacant and excess land property tax discount program.
If you operate a registered charity, you may be eligible for a rebate of 40% of the property taxes paid if you meet the eligibility requirements as outlined in Section 361 of the Municipal Act, 2001.
To be eligible, you must:
HST (Harmonized Sales Tax), maintenance fees and other miscellaneous charges are not eligible for a property tax rebate. Residential, Multi-res, Farm and Pipe line and Managed forest tax classes do not qualify. Taxes must be paid in full as billed. Refunds from successful tax appeals will be processed separately.
If the property’s assessment is subsequently changed for any reason, the related rebate amount for that taxation year will be recalculated. If a rebate has already been issued, the City of Barrie will notify the applicant of the recalculated rebate amount. The city will recover any excess amount that was paid.
You can apply for a Registered Charity Rebate if meet eligibility requirements outlined above and are:
Applications must be submitted every year. To apply, send a completed
Registered Charity Tax Rebate Application and required documentation by mail (City of Barrie Revenue Branch, 70 Collier St, Barrie ON, L4M 4T5), in person at Service Barrie (1st floor City Hall, 70 Collier St) or email
A new and complete application must be filed each year. A previous year’s application and supporting documentation cannot be used as an application for the current year or any subsequent year. Separate applications(s) are required for each property assessment roll number. Any changes on the application must be initialed.
Along with the application, please provide lease agreement(s) or other documents confirming all the information indicated on the application. Note:
For each taxation year, a completed application along with supporting documentation must be filed with the City Treasurer before the legislative deadline of February 28.
Any person who knowingly makes a false or deceptive statement in an application made to the City or in any other document submitted to the City under this section will:
You may file an application with the City of Barrie (Treasurer) requesting your taxes to be reduced or refunded, under Section 357, 358 of the Municipal Act, 2001, if your property experienced a change during the year.
In order to qualify under this program, you must be the property owner
(or a spouse, tenant or other person with registered interested in the land) If during the year, your property meets one of the following criteria:
To apply, please complete the relevant application form:
Section 357: Application for Current Year
Section 358: Application for the two years preceding the current year (full year only)
Please submit completed form by mail (City of Barrie Revenue Branch, 70 Collier St
Barrie ON, L4M 4T5), in person at Service Barrie (1st floor City Hall, 70 Colllier Street) or email
firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications received after the deadline will not be accepted.
If you are applying for any of the following reasons, include the required documentation as outlined below.
For each taxation year, a completed application along with supporting documentation must be filed with the City Treasurer before the legislative deadline. An application under this section must be filed with the Treasurer on or before the last day of February of the year following the year in respect of which the application is made.
The Property Tax Deferral Program is available to any property owner aged 65 or older and/or any individual who is currently receiving benefits under the Ontario Disability Support Program. All property taxes must be paid up to date in order to apply for the program.
Eligible property owners will have their property taxes “frozen” at their base year amount (the year prior to the application.) For example if applying in 2016, the base year taxes are the amount billed and paid in 2015. The tax deferrals are interest free, however, the total deferral amount must be re-paid in full when the property is sold.
If you feel you may qualify for this program, please access and complete the
Property Tax Deferral Application, attach the required proof and send the form to: City of Barrie Revenue Branch, P.O. Box 400, Barrie, ON L4M 4T5.
A new application must be completed
each year by August 31st to confirm continued eligibility in the program.
Commercial and industrial properties that fall under the Vacant/Excess Land subclasses receive discounts of 30% and 35% of the full commercial and industrial property tax rates respectively.
These discounts are applied automatically to qualifying properties.
In November 2016, the Province announced it would move forward with providing broad flexibility to municipalities, allowing them to tailor the tax reduction programs to reflect community needs and circumstances, while considering the interests of local businesses. The Province is phasing out the vacant and excess land tax rate reduction for education tax rates over a two year period in 2019 and 2020.
The City is asking members of the public to provide input regarding potential changes to the vacant and excess land property tax discount program in Barrie. The survey closes on March 31 and is available at
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