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Public Input - Vacancy Rebate Program

Since 1998, eligible property owners with vacant commercial or industrial properties have received a property tax rebate under the Vacant Unit Rebate Program. The Province of Ontario is now allowing municipalities flexibility to tailor the program to community needs.
At the City Council meeting of Monday, May 29, Council approved a recommendation that staff begin the process of consulting the community regarding proposed changes to the Vacancy Rebate Program. 
Consultation, including presentations, were carried out at various venues across the City

View the Presentation  Adobe PDF, 11 pages, 244 KB

An online survey was also conducted. The consultation provided information on the proposed changes and potential impact as well as providing a venue for members of the community to provide input and feedback.  

Program options presented at the consultation included:

  • Program remains status quo – no changes
  • Changing the parameters of the program (eligibility requirements, percentage of rebate)
  • Phasing out the program over a period of time
  • Eliminating the program immediately

The feedback received is being incorporated into a report that will be presented to City Council at a future meeting.

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