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Tax Assistance Programs

Seniors' and Disabled Persons Deferral Programs

Three deferral programs are available, all of which defer eligible year over year tax increases on an interest free basis until the property is transferred or sold. Below is a brief summary of each of the three deferral programs.

Low Income Seniors Deferral (Ages 55 to 64)

Taxes eligible for deferral are increases greater than $100. To be eligible for this program you must meet the following criteria:
  • must be between the ages of 55 to 64
  • property must be owned by applicant or spouse of applicant on January 1 of year of reassessment
  • property must be the applicant's principal residence
  • must have a single family income of less than $23,000 or family income of less than $40,000

Seniors' Deferral Program (65 years of age and older)

Any difference between the current and prior year's taxes are eligible for deferral. To be eligible for this program you must meet the following criteria:

  • must be 65 years of age or older (all seniors' 65 and older qualify regardless of income)
  • property must be owned by applicant or spouse of applicant on January 1 of year of reassessment
  • property must be the applicant's principal residence

Low Income Disabled Persons Program

Any difference between the current and prior year's taxes are eligible for deferral. To be eligible for this program you must meet the following criteria:

  • must be in receipt of benefits from the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) or the Guaranteed Annual Income System (GAINS)
  • property must be owned by applicant or spouse of applicant on January 1 of year of reassessment
  • property must be the applicant's principal residence
  • must have a single family income of less than $23,000 or family income of less than $40,000

To apply for these programs the following application form must be completed each year and returned to the address below by September 30. If you would like an application form mailed to you, please contact our office at (905) 771-8949.

Application for Property Tax Deferral for Low-Income Seniors or Disabled Persons [PDF]

Applications to be sent to:

Richmond Hill
Revenue Services
225 East Beaver Creek Road
Richmond Hill ON L4B 3P4


Seniors Tax Assistance Grant Program

Richmond Hill provides a Seniors' Tax Grant to residents 65 years of age or older who are in receipt of the Federal Guaranteed Income Supplement, have owned their home in Richmond Hill at least one year and the home is their principal residence.

The application should be submitted by March 31 of each year, however applications will continue to be accepted until year end. It is important to note that for applications received after the deadline, the Grant, if approved will not be applied until after the issuance of the Final Tax Bill. In these cases residents will need to pay the Final Tax Bill as billed to avoid penalty and interest charges. Please call Revenue Services for more details at (905) 771-8949.

Application for Senior Tax Assistance Grant Program [PDF]

Charity Rebate Program 

Section 361 of the Municipal Act, 2001, requires that every municipality provide a Charity Rebate Program. The Charity Rebate Program is available to any registered charity occupying Commercial or Industrial premises. By definition, a "registered charity" means a registered charity as defined by subsection 248(1) of the Income Tax Act (Canada) that has a registration number issued by the Department of National Revenue.

To apply for the Charity Rebate Program, the following application form must be completed each year and returned to the address below, no later than the last day of February of the year following the tax year. 

Application for Property Tax Rebate for Registered Charities Occupying Commercial or Industrial Premises [PDF]

Richmond Hill
Revenue Services
225 East Beaver Creek Road
Richmond Hill ON L4B 3P4


Ontario Senior Homeowner's Property Tax Grant

Senior homeowners with low and moderate incomes may be eligible for the Ontario Senior Homeowner’s Property Tax Grant of up to $500. 

If you need more information on the Provincial grant call 1-866-668-8297 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday to Friday. You can also visit Ministry of Finance website.


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