The Ontario Energy and Property Tax Credit helps low- to moderate-income individuals 18 years of age and older, and families, with the sales tax they pay on energy and with property taxes.
If you pay rent or property tax, you could get up to $963. If you are a senior, you could get up to $1,097.
The Ontario Energy and Property Tax Credit is paid monthly as part of the Ontario Trillium Benefit (OTB).
In the 2013 Budget, the government proposes to offer OTB recipients a choice between getting their OTB monthly or as a single payment. You would be able to make this choice starting in 2014 on your 2013 tax return. Find out more: The Ontario Trillium Benefit: More Choice for People.
Am I eligible?
You may be eligible for the Ontario Energy and Property Tax Credit for the 2013-14 benefit year if you:
- were a resident in Ontario on December 31, 2012
- are a resident of Ontario at the beginning of the payment month
- had rent or property tax paid by or for you for your principal residence in Ontario
- are 18 years of age or older, or
- are under 18 years of age and have or previously had a spouse or common-law partner, or
- under 18 years of age and are a parent who lives or previously lived with your child
If you live on a reserve and pay home energy costs, or if you live in a public long-term care home and pay accommodation costs, you may qualify for the energy component of the credit.