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McGuinty government budget enhances quality of life for families

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McGuinty government budget enhances quality of life for families

Budget bill provides property tax relief for low-income seniors and makes home ownership more affordable for first-time buyers

Ministry of Finance

The McGuinty Government is helping Ontarians save money and improve their quality of life.

The budget bill will:

  • help first-time home buyers save up to $2,000 of the Land Transfer Tax paid;
  • help families save money by not paying the Retail Sales Tax (RST) on certain ENERGY STAR® appliances and bicycles;

provide a new grant to help offset property taxes for low- and moderate-income senior homeowners.

Quick Facts

  • To make home ownership more affordable, first-time buyers of resale homes – as well as newly constructed homes – are eligible for a refund of up to $2,000 of the Land Transfer Tax paid.
  • The Senior Homeowners’ Property Tax Grant helps low- and moderate-income seniors offset their property taxes. In 2009, about 550,000 senior homeowners will qualify for a grant of up to $250. The grant will be increased to $500 for 2010 and subsequent years.
  • To ensure that as many people as possible have the opportunity to participate we extended the RST exemptions for certain ENERGY STAR® household appliances until 2009 as well as light bulbs, and bicycles purchased for $1,000 or less (and bicycle related safety equipment).
  • Ontario’s Five Point Economic Plan positions Ontario for success by:
    • Investing in education and skills training
    • Keeping taxes competitive
    • Moving towards a modern economy by supporting innovation
    • Investing in infrastructure
    • Supporting economic development by forming key partnerships with the private sector.

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“Our actions demonstrate our commitment to improving the quality of life of all Ontarians. The 2008 budget invests in people and maintains a balanced approach that is prudent and pragmatic.”

Dwight Duncan

Finance Minister



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