Property tax exemption simply refers to the act of you or your property being excluded from the mandatory obligation to pay taxes on the property. Tax theorists all over the world, however, are of the idea that such exemptions should not exist because the proceeds from the tax are used for the provision of common services, hence no one should be left out. But there are valid justifications as to why some types of properties need to be exempted from paying taxes. The Canadian government has clearly outlined the circumstances, conditions and the types of properties which can be exempted from paying property taxes.
The following are the qualification for property tax exemptions as laid out under section 362(1) of the Canadian taxation laws-:
The fast property tax exemption is for non-profit youth sports facilities. For such a facility to qualify for property tax exemption it must not be restricted and must be accessible to the general public for at least 70% of the time and it has to be used by persons under the age of 18 years, 60% of the time. Examples of such facilities in Canada include wading pools and skateboard parks.
The other categories of property that qualify for tax exemption in Canada include places used for charitable and benevolent purposes. Such places must be beneficial to the general public in the local community and access must not be restricted for the majority of times that the properties are in use.
If you own a property that offer lodge facilities subject to provincial operating subsidies in Canada, then you may also be exempted from paying property tax. Under the Canadian tax laws, lodge accommodation refers to a home used by senior citizens who do not desire to maintain their homes or are not capable of maintaining their homes. It also includes the provision of the particular services that such people may require when in such homes.
Other than the above categories of property, the following may also be considered for tax exemption in Canada-:
These are some of the instances when a property in Canada may be exempted from the various property taxes.