NEW! To apply for this program through the online portal, click here.
The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have been far reaching. Many have been impacted physically by the virus in Nova Scotia, either falling ill themslves or learning of loved ones who were stricken.
But the all-too-real effects extend beyond physical health. Many have been hurt economically by the restrictions that were put in place over the last three months.
Many property owners have faced economic strain due to the COVID-19 pandemic and, to that end, the Province of Nova Scotia and Nova Scotia Federation of Municipalities recently announced a $380 million new Property Tax Financing Program to help those in need.
On May 25, 2020, Town Council approved a policy that responds to that need by establishing a one-time property tax installment payment program for owners of residential and commercial properties affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program may apply to property tax payments, including a special purpose tax and sewer charges.
To read the policy recently approved by Town Council in its entirety, click here.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
Owners of residential properties, where the property is the primary residence of the property owner, who have experienced a reduction in income evidenced through receipt of the CERB or Nova Scotia Workers Program (or can produce a Record of Employment demonstrating loss of income) are eligible.
Owners of commercial properties that can demonstrate, through financials or proof of receipt of the Canada Wage Subsidy Program, a loss of revenue equal to 30% or more between March 15 and May 15, 2020, as compared to the same period in 2019 (or a two-month period in 2020 if a new business) and that have an assessed value of $3 million or less are eligible. Some businesses, regardless of assessment value, are eligible if they meet the economic hardship test noted above.
These include businesses such as:
• service industries such as hair salons, tattoo parlours, nail salons;
• hospitality businesses such as beverage rooms, restaurants, cafés;
• private and non-profit recreation facilities;
• automotive or leisure businesses;
• tourism operations
For residential and commercial properties, the tax account must be in good standing as of June 30, 2020 (no taxes in arrears). Please visit our website at www.bridgewater.ca/taxprogram for the full list of eligibility requirements.
Exclusions from the program:
• vacant land (residential or commercial)
• daycares in receipt of federal or provincial funding or those in receipt of emergency funding
• properties that have received business interruption insurance towards payment of property taxes
• parking lots
• property with an active tax agreement
• property of a non-profit organization that gets full or partial property tax exemption or is provided with a grant from the Town
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO APPLY?
• property details such as Assessment Account Number, Civic Number, etc. (this information can be taken from your tax bill)
• proof of receipt of the federal CERB or Nova Scotia Workers Emergency Bridge Fund or a record of employment demonstration of loss of income
• proof of primary residence
• if applicable, details of registration as a tourism operator
• property details (information from your tax bill)
• proof of receipt of the Canada Wage Subsidy Benefit; or
• financials that demonstrate a 30% reduction in revenue from March 15 to May 15, 2020, over the same period in 2019 (or for a new businesses compared to two months in 2020)
If you do not have online access, you can call 902-541-4360 for assistance in applying to the program.
The town/municipality may require further information and clarification at a later date in order to complete and process your application.