Grants to protect Ontario natural resources

Grants to protect Ontario natural resources
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Conservation Land Tax Incentive Program (CLTIP)

It is a property tax relief for landowners who protect Ontario’s natural heritage. CLTIP is designed to recognize, encourage and support the long-term private stewardship of Ontario’s provincially significant conservation lands by providing property tax relief to those landowners who agree to protect the natural heritage values of their property. The current tax relief offered is 100 % tax exemption on that eligible portion of the property. The CLTIP is not a land acquisition program. Participating landowners retain full ownership and property rights. This program is also not associated with Conservation Authorities or Conservation Authority properties and conservation areas.

Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program

The Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program (MFTIP) is a voluntary program available to landowners who own four hectares or more of forest land, and who agree to prepare and follow a Managed Forest Plan for their property. Under the MFTIP, participating landowners have their property reassessed and classified as Managed Forest and taxed at 25 percent of the municipal tax rate set for residential properties. To participate in the MFTIP, landowners must agree to certain conditions including preparing and following a managed forest plan for their forest. The plan must be approved by an individual certified by the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) as a Managed Forest Plan Approver. The plan improves the owner’s knowledge of the forest and increases the owner’s participation in managing the forest. In turn, this helps to encourage the stewardship of Ontario’s private forests.

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