Issues and Projects
Access to Assessment Data: The GBA has communicated with the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) on a number of occasions to express concerns about the assessment process and access to assessment information. It is the view of the GBA that information on assessed values should be easily available, at no cost to taxpayers, and in a timely manner. More Info...
Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program
The MPAC changed the assessment basis for managed forests a few years ago. Several interested organizations, including the GBA have lobbied the MPAC to return assessment of the Managed Forest class to the same as farmland (25%) and to reduce the property size eligible for this program.
The Managed Forest Program is part of the larger Conservation Lands Tax Incentive Program. This program also includes the Wetlands Conservation Program which is of interest to many GBA members. The GBA will be assisting local associations to review the mapping and eligibility of wetlands for this program.
News: The Ministry of Natural Resources has recently completed a review of the Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program to determine whether it was meeting the intended purpose. This review is in turn being reviewed by the Ontario Forestry Association and the Ontario Woodlot Association. A committee has been formed to make recommendations to the Minister of Finance.