Ontario Energy and Property Tax Credit

This credit helps low- to moderate-income individuals with property taxes and the sales tax on energy. The credit is part of a single benefit called the Ontario Trillium Benefit.

How much money could I receive?

For the 2014 benefit year, you could get:

  • up to $973* if you are a non-senior ($757* to help with property taxes and $216* to help with sales tax on energy)
  • up to $1,108* if you are a senior ($892* to help with property taxes and $216* to help with sales tax on energy)
  • up to $216* if you live on a reserve or in a public long-term care home
  • $25 for the time you lived in a designated college, university or private school residence in 2013

*These amounts are adjusted for inflation each year.

Use the online calculator to see how much money you can get.

Definition: benefit year

Do I qualify?

You may qualify for the 2014 credit if, on December 31, 2013, you resided in Ontario, and:

  • rent or property tax for your principal residence was paid by or for you for 2013
  • you lived in a student residence
  • you lived in a long-term care home, or
  • you lived on a reserve and home energy costs were paid by or for you for your principal residence on the reserve for 2013, and
  • at the beginning of the payment month, you are:
    • a resident of Ontario, and
    • 18 years of age or older, or have or previously had a spouse or common-law partner, or are a parent who lives or previously lived with your child.

Who's considered an Ontario resident?

How is the amount I get for the 2014 benefit year calculated?

The amount is based on the amount of rent or property tax you paid for your principal residence in Ontario for 2013, the amount of energy costs paid for your principal residence on a reserve in Ontario for 2013, or the amount of your accommodation costs paid for living in a public long-term care home in Ontario for 2013.

The credit will be reduced by two per cent of your adjusted family net income over:

  • $21,625 for individuals under the age of 64
  • $27,031 for single seniors
  • $27,031 for families, including single parents, and
  • $32,437 for senior couples.

Definition: adjusted family net income

Definition: 'single individual', 'family', 'dependent child'

Use the online calculator to see how much money you can get.

How do I get the credit?

You apply for the credit by completing the ON-BEN Application for the Ontario Trillium Benefit and the Ontario Senior Homeowners' Property Tax Grant, which is part of your personal income tax and benefit return (return).

You may qualify for this payment even if you do not owe income tax.

The deadline for filing returns is April 30 of each year. If you file late, your payments may be delayed.

Download the ON-BEN Application form for the Ontario Trillium Benefit and the Ontario Senior Homeowners' Property Tax Grant

Get your General Income Tax and Benefit package from the Canada Revenue Agency

When will I receive my money?

The credit is issued as part of the Ontario Trillium Benefit.

When is the Ontario Trillium Benefit paid?

View the CRA benefit payment dates

Tax Credit Calculator. Are You Getting Money Back?

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Did you know?

You and your family could receive other Ontario tax credits. Use the tax credit calculator to learn more.

If you are a senior, you could also receive the Ontario Senior Homeowners' Property Tax Grant.

Do you need help completing your return?

If you are unable to prepare your return yourself, the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program may be able to help you.

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