Low Income Seniors

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The Town of Whitby offers two programs to assist low income seniors who live in Whitby.

Tax Reduction

You can qualify for a $300.00 reduction per year in your property tax if you meet the following criteria:

  • You are 65 years of age or older.
  • You receive annual income that qualifies for Guaranteed Income Supplement, provided under the Old Age Security Act (Canada).
  • You own and occupy the property as a principal residence.
  • You must make application annually (by December 31st of the calendar year) to the Town of Whitby with a copy of your annual confirmation from Service Canada that you are in receipt of the Guaranteed Income Supplement.

Application

If you qualified for this program in the previous year,  an application form for the current year will automatically be mailed to you in early July.

You may also download the application form (PDF, 25kB).

If this is your first time applying for this rebate please call our office so your name can be placed on the mailing list.

If you have any questions, please contact the Taxation section.

Tax Deferral Program

The Tax Deferral Program applies to assessment-related increases only.

If your property taxes have increased more than $100.00 due to the reassessment, and you meet the same requirements as the tax reduction program, you may qualify to defer this increase until you sell your house or transfer ownership.

Please remember that this deferral is a lien on your property due and payable in full once you sell your house or transfer ownership. 

Application

If you qualified for this program in the previous year an application form for the current year will automatically be mailed to you in early July.

You may also download the application form (PDF, 24.7 kB).

If you have any questions, please contact the Taxation section.

Guaranteed Income Supplement

The Guaranteed Income Supplement program is administered by Human Resources Development Canada in conjunction with your Old Age Security Pension. You must apply annually to Human Resources Development Canada Income Securities Program to get this supplement income.

For more information on this program please contact the Human Resources Development Canada at 1.800.277.9914.

If you have a hearing or speech impairment, please call TTY: 1.800.255.4786.

Human Resources Development Canada - Guaranteed Income Supplement

Application for Elderly Pensioner's Tax Assistance Program

The Town of Whitby introduced  a change to the Elderly Pensioner's Tax Assistance Program that was effective in the 2010 year.

Previously, the Town asked you to submit the application form and then we forwarded a copy of this application  to Service Canada for confirmation that you were in receipt of the Guaranteed Income Supplement.

Starting with the 2010 year the Town requires a copy of your confirmation that you are in receipt of the Guaranteed Income Supplement for the current year.

This new process will speed up the approval time for the Town of Whitby to process your application. In addition, this new process will help Service Canada comply with its confidentiality and privacy requirements.

If you require a copy of a letter confirming that you are in receipt of the Guaranteed Income Supplement for the current year, you can contact Service Canada at 1.800.277.9914.  Please have your Social Insurance Number available when calling.

Thank you for your cooperation and if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the Town of Whitby Taxation division.