Ontario Energy and Property Tax Credit

Frequently Asked Questions


I live in the north and qualify for the Northern Ontario Energy Credit. Will I also receive the Ontario Energy and Property Tax Credit?

Northern Ontarians may be eligible for both the Northern Ontario Energy Credit and the Ontario Energy and Property Tax Credit. Because people living in the north tend to have higher energy costs, additional energy relief is provided to northerners through the Northern Ontario Energy Credit.

Payments of the Ontario Energy and Property Tax Credit, the Northern Ontario Energy Credit and the Ontario Sales Tax Credit are combined and paid as part of a single benefit called the Ontario Trillium Benefit.


How does the credit apply to individuals who lived in a designated college, university, or private school residence during 2013?

If you lived in a designated Ontario university, college, or private school residence, you will get $25 for the property tax component of the credit for the part of the year that you lived in that residence. You may be eligible for an additional amount if you also lived somewhere else in Ontario for part of the year and rent and/or property tax was paid by or for you.

Designated Students' Residences, Part I - Colleges and Nursing Students

Designated Students' Residences, Part II - Universities


What amounts cannot be included as property and rent?

Your property tax and rent cannot include amounts such as:

  • rent paid for a principal residence that is not subject to municipal and school tax
  • payments to relatives or friends who are not reporting the payments as rental income on their returns
  • property tax or rent paid on part of a home you used for rental or business purposes, or
  • property tax or rent paid on a second residence, such as a cottage, if you claimed property tax or rent for your principal residence for the same period.
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