The Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program (MFTIP) offers a reduction in property taxes to landowners of forested land who prepare a plan and agree to be good stewards of their property.
The Ontario Forestry Association and the Ontario Woodlot Association help the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) deliver the program. Program guides and information are available from MNR or either association. The MFTIP guide explains how to prepare a plan that is eligible for the program.
- greater than 9.88 acres (four ha) of forested land and owned by a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
- a commitment to good stewardship
- a managed forest plan approved by a Managed Forest Plan Approver
- The Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program (MFTIP) is a voluntary program available to landowners who own four hectares or more of forest land, and who agree to prepare and follow a Managed Forest Plan for their property.
Under the MFTIP, participating landowners have their property reassessed and classified as Managed Forest and taxed at 25 percent of the municipal tax rate set for residential properties.
To participate in the MFTIP, landowners must agree to certain conditions including preparing and following a managed forest plan for their forest. The plan must be approved by an individual certified by the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) as a Managed Forest Plan Approver. The plan improves the owner's knowledge of the forest and increases the owner's participation in managing the forest. In turn, this helps to encourage the stewardship of Ontario's private forests.
To qualify for a re-assessment under the MFTIP for the upcoming calendar year, your application and Managed Forest Plan must be received no later than June 30th.