Permissive Tax Exemptions

Council uses permissive tax exemptions as a means to support local organizations that benefit the community through the enhancement of citizen's quality of life. Applications [PDF - 94 KB] for permissive tax exemptions by charitable, philanthropic or other not for profit organizations will be considered by Council for land and/or improvements that are owned or held by such organizations or are ancillary to a statutory exemption under section 220 of the Community Charter and are used for a purpose directly related to the purposes of the organization.

Permissive tax exemptions will generally only be considered if the applicant organization's use of the land and/or improvements benefits the community in one or more of the following ways:

  • provides recreational programs and/or facilities for public use;
  • provides programs to and/or facilities used by youth, seniors or other special needs groups;
  • offers cultural or educational programs to the public which promote community spirit, cohesiveness and/or tolerance; or
  • offers services to the public in formal partnership with the municipality.

A bylaw will be prepared for consideration by Council for any approved applications [PDF - 94 KB] for permissive tax exemptions.