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Investing in your City: Expanded Low-Income Tax Rebate Program

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Our weekly “Investing in your City” series continues, highlighting  some of the significant investments being made in Burlington and that our community will benefit from.

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Some residents are on fixed or low incomes and struggle to meet increased costs, including to property taxes — that is why in Burlington’s 2024 Budget, Council voted to triple the investment in our City’s property tax rebate program to expand income and age eligibility beyond seniors. Expanding the program to include low-income homeowners with disabilities is a great next step in assisting more residents to help them manage tax increases at a time when day-to-day costs continue to be a challenge for many.

On April 16, Council unanimously approved the following from the staff report and related appendix here (Staff report: F-03-24 Low-income Property Tax Rebate Program.pdf / Appendix: Appendix A F-03-24 Low-income Property Tax Rebate Program.pdf):

  • Continue the current low-income senior property tax rebate program and broaden to include eligible homeowners for low-income persons with disabilities as outlined in the criteria contained in Appendix A (see further down this post) to finance department report F-03-24; and
  • Direct the Chief Financial Officer in consultation with the Executive Director of Legal Services & Corporation Counsel to prepare the necessary By-Law for the Low- Income Property Tax Rebate Program, for approval at Council on April 16th, effective for the
    2024 taxation year; and
  • Forward to the Region of Halton the Low-Income Property Tax Rebate By-law and formally request the Region participate in the cost sharing of the tax rebate program.

Guiding Principles for the Low-Income Property Tax Rebate Bylaw Criteria:

Criteria for EligibilityLow-Income Senior Tax Rebate*Adding Low-Income Persons with Disabilities Tax Rebate*
AgePerson aged 65+ as of Dec. 31 of the previous yearEligible homeowner (all ages)
Income CriteriaIn receipt of benefits paid under Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS)**In receipt of benefits paid under the Ontario Disability Support Program Act (ODSP), and eligible to claim a disability as defined under the Income Tax Act**
Property Home OwnershipPersonal and primary residencePersonal and primary residence
ApplicantAssessed owner or spouse of owner in receipt of GIS benefitAssessed owner in receipt of ODSP benefit
Proof of IncomeGIS = Guaranteed Income Supplement*ODSP = Ontario Disability Support Program*
Property Tax StatusProperty taxes are up to date (paid in full)Property taxes are up to date (paid in full)
Property RebateOne rebate per property, grant applied to property tax accountOne rebate per property, applied to property tax account
Length of Property Home OwnershipAt least one year preceding the applicationAt least one year preceding the application
ApplicationAnnual before Dec. 31 each yearAnnual before Dec. 31 each year
ApplicantNot own more than one property in Burlington (new)Not own more than one property in Burlington
*Applicants are eligible for one rebate if in receipt of GIS or ODSP.

**Eligible criteria are based on documentation obtained from residents based on senior government documentation.

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3 thoughts on “Investing in your City: Expanded Low-Income Tax Rebate Program”

    1. Hi Judy,
      Details on how to apply and the rollout of the program this year are still being finalized by staff and will be shared with the public soon. Please continue to follow the Mayor’s social media channels and the City of Burlington’s as well, as the information will also be shared publicly on those channels.
      – Burlington Mayor’s Office Team

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