Council can grant a Permissive Tax Exemption (relief from property taxes) to not-for-profit organizations that contribute to residents' well-being and improve the quality of life in the community.
When Council grants an exemption to a qualifying property, the tax burden is shifted onto the other properties in the community.
To qualify for a Permissive Tax Exemption, organizations must:
- successfully meet the criteria in the District's Permissive Tax Exemptions Policy
- Submit a completed application together with supporting documentation
- Apply by May 7, 2023, for the 2024 taxation year.
Permissive Tax Exemptions are not granted automatically as Council must approve them through a bylaw. Starting 2023, the Community Grants Committee will be supporting Council by assessing the applications and providing their evaluation for Council's consideration.