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Ontario government’s property tax treatment of renewable energy projects

0 Comments 16 January 2012

Ontario has made changes to the property tax assessment system for property owners who install renewable energy technologies.  

The changes will create additional categories for property tax assessment based on the size and location of energy generation. The move is aimed at mitigating rising property assessments due to the installation of renewable energy sources.

 The amendments apply to facilities that generate electricity using solar energy, wind energy or anaerobic digestion of organic matter.  The amendments take effect as of January 1, 2011. 

“Ontario is leading the way when it comes to producing reliable energy from clean, renewable sources. These changes will help ensure that property tax assessment does not discourage property owners from contributing to a green energy system that supports a cleaner environment and healthier families,” said Finance Minister Dwight Duncan.

To learn more about the changes visit the Ministry of Energy website.

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Matthew Thornton is OREA’s Manager of Government Relations. In that role he provides policy analysis, research, writing and strategic expertise to OREA’s Director of Government Relations and Government Relations Committee on legislation, policy and regulations that affect REALTORS® and the real estate industry. Matthew also manages all the government relations social media channels for the association. Prior to joining OREA, Matthew worked as a legislative intern at Queen’s Park in the Ontario Legislature Internship Programme. As an intern, Matthew worked for two backbench MPPs in government and on the opposition benches. Matthew is an active member of the Canadian Society of Association Executives and the Public Affairs Association of Canada. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario and recently completed his Certified Association Executive designation.