This program provides low-income seniors and low-income persons with a disability the opportunity to apply for a deferral of property tax increases.
To be eligible for either a total or partial tax deferral, the property owner must be a senior citizen who is at least 65 years of age, or low-income senior between the ages of 55 - 64, or a low-income disabled person (as determined below).
- Seniors 65 and Older
- Seniors must provide supporting documentation to verify their proof of age
- The amount eligible for annual deferral is the tax increase for the subject year
- Low-Income Seniors 55-64
- Low-Income Seniors must provide supporting documentation to verify their proof of and
- That they meet the following income criteria:
- Single - $23,000 or less
- Family of 2 or more persons - $40,000 or less
- The amount eligible for an annual deferral is the tax increase in excess of $100 in a reassessment year
- Low-Income Disabled
- Disabled persons must provide documentation to verify that they are in receipt of benefits under one of the following programs:
- Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) or in receipt of disability amounts under the Social Assistance Reform Act or
- Guaranteed Annual Income System (GAINS) for the Disabled and be eligible to claim a disability amount as defined under the Income Tax Act (Canada)
- The amount eligible for an annual deferral is the tax increase over the previous year.
The property for which the taxes are payable must be located in the York Region and must be owned by an eligible senior or disabled person as a principal residence on January 1 of the eligible year.
The cumulative amount of the deferred and outstanding taxes cannot exceed 75% of the assessed value of the property.
All deferred taxes become payable upon disposition or transfer of the property except for a transfer of ownership to a spouse.
Seniors and disabled persons must apply annually for the tax deferral by September 30 of each taxation year for which a deferral is required.