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Providing Tax Relief for Farmers

McGuinty Government Changes Tax Classification for Farm Bunkhouses

Ministry of Finance

Ontario is changing the farm bunkhouses property tax classification from residential to farm beginning January 1, 2011.

Farmers with residences that house temporary workers will pay the farm property tax rate, which is 75 per cent lower than the residential rate.

Farmers work hard to provide Ontario families with healthy, fresh food. This change will help strengthen the agricultural industry, and support the Open Ontario Plan to create jobs and opportunities that will boost the province's economy.

Quick Facts

  • Bunkhouses are dwellings on farms that house workers on a temporary or seasonal basis.
  • There are approximately 2,000 bunkhouses located on farms across the province.
  • Farm properties are assessed by Municipal Property Assessment Corporation based on farmer-to-farmer sales of farmland and are taxed at 25% of the residential rate.

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“Our government is listening to Ontario farmers and taking action. This change will ensure consistent property tax treatment for farm properties across the province.”

Dwight Duncan

Minister of Finance

“The McGuinty government has worked, and will continue to work to ensure that programs meet the needs of Ontario's hard-working farmers. By reducing the tax burden on our farmers, we're increasing the competitiveness and economic strength of our province's agricultural industry.”

Carol Mitchell

Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

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