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Public meetings taking place on the Vacant Unit Rebate Program

February 23, 2017 - City of Kawartha Lakes Council is considering eliminating the Vacant Unit Rebate Program for Commercial and Industrial properties. A staff report was presented to Council on February 21 which outlines the changes announced by the Province in the 2016 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review and makes recommendations for reviewing the program. The program was initially implemented by the Province recognizing there was a shift in tax burden to the business property owner with the elimination of the Business Occupancy Tax in 1998.

Approximately 3% of the commercial and industrial properties are using the program annually with all property owners in the City funding the program. Since 2001, the cost to the municipality has been over $1 million.

The City is looking to engage local businesses on this issue and will host the following meetings:

Thursday March 2, 2017 at 4 - 6pm
RSVP by February 28, 2017
Fenelon Falls Community Centre, 27 Veterans Way, Fenelon Falls

Wednesday March 8, 2017 at 8 - 10am
RSVP by March 6, 2017
Victoria Room, City Hall, 26 Francis St, Lindsay

Space is limited, so please RSVP to or 705-324-9411 extension 1274 indicating the meeting you will be attending.

The complete staff report is available at If you are unable to attend the meeting and would like to provide comments please email


For further information, please contact:

Cheri Davidson
Manager of Communications, Advertising and Marketing
705-324-9411 extension 1355

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