Proposed amendments to O. Reg. 282/98 to permit the delivery of the Farm Property Class Tax Rate Program by AgriCorp.
Bill or Act:
Assessment Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. A. 31
Summary of Proposal:
The Farm Tax Program is currently delivered by OMAFRA. OMAFRA would like to transfer the delivery of the Farm Tax Program to AgriCorp. AgriCorp is a Crown Corporation responsible for delivery of business risk management programs to Ontario agricultural producers, and has extensive experience in the delivery of high-volume, transactional programs. Delivery of the Farm Tax Program by AgriCorp is expected to result in more seamless, 'one-window' customer service for program participants. It is proposed that the Regulation be amended to broaden the authority of the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs to allow AgriCorp to be appointed as the Administrator of the program.
OMAFRA is also looking to make other amendments to O. Reg. 282/98 relating to the farm tax program. These amendments would, if passed:
• Clarify language and remove several expired sections or references.
• Make it easier for new farmers or those who have crops that take more than one year to yield a marketable harvest to participate in the Farm Tax Program by providing for a multi-year exemption to the program requirement to have a valid Farm Business Registration number.
• Provide consistent property tax treatment of tree sap processing by farmers by including other types of tree sap processing in addition to maple sap processing as eligible for the farm property class.
November 30, 2017
Comments Due Date:
January 15, 2018
Farm Finance Branch
1 Stone Rd. W, 2nd Floor NE
Guelph, Ontario N1G 4Y2