Looking for a break on property taxes in Oakville, Burlington or Milton (or Ontario overall)?
If so, you might be in luck if you’re closely affiliated with a Royal Canadian Legion branch.
The Ontario government recently reiterated its commitment to “ease the burden on Ontario’s Royal Canadian Legion halls” by ensuring they pay no property tax.
The province said it plans on tabling legislation shortly.
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“Legion halls play a vital role in communities across Ontario, for veterans and their families, and we want to make sure they can continue to provide services for years to come,” said Premier Doug Ford, addressing veterans, family members and guests at the 17th Annual Veterans Appreciation Luncheon.
“Our veterans have paid their fair share to Ontario and to Canada. We remain committed to ensuring legion halls in Ontario pay no property tax, is the least we can do to recognize and honour the service and sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform.”
The Royal Canadian Legion offers services for Canada’s military veterans, including assistance in adjusting back into civilian life, advocacy on behalf of veterans, financial assistance programs, as well as support for families and seniors.
Legion Halls are also used to host social and family-based events.
According to the province, many legion halls in Ontario are already exempt from municipal property tax. The government’s commitment is that all property occupied by branches of the Ontario Command of The Royal Canadian Legion would be exempt from paying property tax, starting in 2019.
The Royal Canadian Legion is Canada’s largest veteran support and community service organization, with 270,000 members and over 1,400 branches across the country.
The Ontario Command of The Royal Canadian Legion is comprised of over four hundred branches throughout Ontario.
Members of the Royal Canadian Legion include serving and retired Canadian Armed Forces and Royal Canadian Mounted Police members, as well as families of veterans.
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