This credit helps low- to moderate‑income individuals with property taxes and the sales tax on energy. The credit is part of the Ontario Trillium Benefit.
How much money could I receive?
For the 2017 benefit year, you could get:
- up to $1,023* if you are a non-senior ($796* to help with property taxes and $227* to help with sales tax on energy)
- up to $1,165* if you are a senior ($938* to help with property taxes and $227* to help with sales tax on energy)
- up to $227* 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 2016.
*These amounts are adjusted for inflation each year.
Do I qualify?
You may qualify for the 2017 credit if, on December 31, 2016, you resided in Ontario, and:
- rent or property tax for your principal residence was paid by or for you for 2016
- 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 2016, 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.
How is the amount I get for the 2017 benefit year calculated?
The amount is based on the amount of rent or property tax you paid for your principal residence in Ontario for 2016, or on the amount of energy costs paid for your principal residence on a reserve in Ontario for 2016, or on the amount of your accommodation costs paid for living in a public long‑term care home in Ontario for 2016.
The credit will be reduced by two per cent of your adjusted family net income over:
- $22,746 for individuals under the age of 64
- $28,433 for single seniors
- $28,433 for families, including single parents, and
- $34,119 for senior couples.
How do I get the credit?
You apply for the credit by completing the ON-BEN form, 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.
When will I receive my money?
The credit is issued as part of the Ontario Trillium Benefit.