The Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program encourages good forest management by giving a property tax reduction to eligible landowners who prepare and follow an approved Managed Forest Plan.
When your forested area is enrolled in the program, it is:
The regular tax rate still applies to any other part of the property that is not managed forest, such as your house.
You must hire a Managed Forest Plan Approver to prepare or approve a Managed Forest Plan for the forest on your property. This plan describes how you will manage your forest responsibly over a 10 year period.
To enroll in the program, your Managed Forest Plan Approver submits your plan to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF).
You need to follow your Managed Forest Plan and submit a progress report in the fifth year of your plan.
After 10 years, you can renew your participation in the program with a new approved Managed Forest Plan.