Ottawa – The City has now implemented an interim property tax payment grace period and a new 2020 Property Tax Hardship Deferral Plan to help many residents and businesses who are financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 2020 final property tax bills will be mailed beginning May 21, 2020 with a due date of June 18, 2020.
Grace period for interim property tax payment
With the interim property taxes mailed out in mid-February, the City extended a grace period to Wednesday, April 15, with no late payment applied between the original March 19 deadline and the new date for those unable to make payment by the due date. The interim property tax bill covers 50 per cent of the entire property tax bill.
New 2020 Interim Property Tax Hardship Deferral Program
The City has also established a 2020 Interim Property Tax Hardship Deferral Program for qualifying residents, as well as businesses that have an assessed property value of up to $7.5 million – which captures 91 per cent of all commercial properties in Ottawa. The program extends both the interim property tax deadline (March 19) and the final property tax deadline (June 18) to Friday, October 30, 2020.
To qualify, your account would need to have been paid up to date before the interim tax installment. The application deadline is July 31, 2020.
Tax Deferral Program for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities
The City of Ottawa offers two property tax deferral programs for low-income seniors and low-income residents with disabilities. Eligible homeowners may apply for a full or partial deferral of their annual property taxes.
The application deadline is July 31, 2020 and can be returned via mail, e-mail or fax. Information on eligibility and how to apply can be found on Ottawa.ca.
Farm Grant Program
The Farm Grant Program provides financial relief to working farmers. Eligible properties are automatically enrolled and will be notified upon the receipt of their final property tax bill. The grant program assists eligible farm property owners by allowing the June final tax installment to be paid in December. More information on the program and eligibility can also be found on Ottawa.ca.
View, Print and Payment options
Ottawa residents can sign up for paperless billing for property tax and water bills. This is a secure website where you can manage, view, print and pay your bills online. It is free to set up, easy to use and provides residents access to their account information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Visit ottawa.ca for more information.
Residents have several payment options for property tax and water bills that can be done from the comfort and safety of their own homes.
- My Service Ottawa portal
- Telephone and online banking through their financial institution
- Debit or credit payment online at ottawa.ca
- Pre-authorized debit