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Tax Rebate & Deferral Programs

Charitable organizations, property owners of vacant commercial/industrial buildings, and low-Income seniors or low-Income persons with disabilities may be eligible for a property tax rebate or deferral.

Charity Tax Rebate Program

In Barrie, charities and similar organizations are eligible for rebates of 40% (or a % prescribed by the Minister of Finance) of their property tax paid if they own or occupy commercial or industrial assessed properties. An annual application must be made after January 1 of the year and no later than the last day of February of the following year by the charity or similar organization in order to qualify for the rebate program.

All relevant tax payment information must accompany the Charity Tax Rebate Form for a rebate to be calculated and granted. For charities and similar organizations that rent their premises, proof of the amount of taxes paid or included in their rent (based on square footage occupied) must be obtained from their landlord. Failure to provide this information with the rebate application may disqualify the organization from a rebate for that year.

Property Tax Deferral Program
For Low-Income Seniors or Low-Income Persons with Disabilities

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 Application for Deferral of Taxes, attach the required proof and send the form to: City of Barrie Tax Office, 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.

Vacant Unit Tax Rebate Program (Terminated)

Buildings that were entirely or partially vacant were previously eligible for a property tax rebate (exclusions: seasonal, leased, or vacant land sub-class).

In October 2017, the City sought feedback on proposed updates to this program, which provided property tax rebates to eligible owners of vacant commercial and industrial buildings. The Province of Ontario, which has mandated the program since 1998, allowed municipalities broader flexibility to tailor the program to reflect local community needs and circumstances.

The rebate at the time was 30% of the property tax for the vacant commercial space and 35% for vacant industrial space.  In 2016, the program cost was $422,000 for approximately 400 vacant properties. Since 2012, it cost $2.33M(excluding program administration fees).

Staff reviewed the public consultation results and potential updates to the program and presented to General Committee in early 2018. The City of Barrie adopted motion 18-G-014 on January 29, 2018 to terminate the Vacant Unit Tax Rebate program for both Commercial and Industrial properties.   Consequently, applications will NOT be accepted for 2018 or any subsequent year vacancies.

For more information please contact Renate McDougall at or 705-739-4220 x 4791.

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