There are two options related to saving on property tax. They are:
1. Conservation Land Tax Incentive Program (CLTIP)
The Conservation Land Tax Incentive Program offers a reduction in property taxes to landowners who agree to protect the natural heritage feature(s) identified by MNRF on their land. Activities that would degrade, destroy, or result in the loss of the natural values of the site are not allowed. Eligible lands include: provincially significant wetlands; provincially significant areas of natural and scientific interest (ANSI); habitat of endangered species; lands designated as Escarpment Natural Area in the Niagara Escarpment Plan; and community conservation lands (applies only to eligible conservation agencies). CLTIP Qualifications:
- MNRF has informed you that there is conservation land on your property
- a commitment to good land stewardship
2. Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program (MFTIP)
The Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program offers a reduction in property taxes to landowners of forested land who prepare a plan and agree to be good stewards of their property. The MFTIP guide explains how to prepare a plan that is eligible for the program. Basic MFTIP Qualifications include:
- greater than 9.88 acres (four ha) of forested land and owned by a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
- a commitment to good stewardship
- Landowners must prepare (or have prepared) a management plan for a 20 year period. This plan includes a 10-year operating plan specifying the management actions to be carried out in the coming five years. The Plan must be approved by a Managed Forest Plan Approver.
A Registered Professional Forester can help a woodland owner take advantage of the Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program. Landowners must prepare (or have prepared) a management plan for a 20 year period. This plan includes a 10-year operating plan specifying the management actions to be carried out in the coming five years. The Plan must be approved by a Managed Forest Plan Approver. The deadline for the submission of Management Plans is June 30th.
OPFA members may be able to assist you by providing advice to prepare your management plan. Those members who are MFTIP approvers are included on the list available from the Ministry of Natural Resources offices. Contact the OPFA office for these names or visit Consulting Registered Professional Foresters, who are Plan Approvers and do forestry consulting. Also, see our web page "Managing Your Woodlands" which outlines the various services a professional forester could provide.
An audit of your Plan is required at the end of each 10-year plan. This can be completed by the landowner. At that time an updated approved 10-year operating plan must also be approved and submitted. An audit of your plan is required on exiting the program.
The landowners benefit under the program through obtaining a much improved knowledge of the forest values as a result of having completed a Management Plan and paying reduced land taxes for the managed woodlot. The work to be carried out will be set out in a 10-year operating plan. This plan and the details of the woodland inventory will serve the owner in future years and be an asset in transfer of the property to relatives or on sale to others. A Registered Professional Forester can assist you.
For additional information on the Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program, landowners may also wish to contact one of the following: