MFTIP is a voluntary program providing significant property tax reductions for landowners with more than 10 acres of forest who are committed to forest stewardship and sustainable forestry practices. Under the program forested area on your property may be reassessed as managed forest and taxed at one-quarter of the residential tax rate in the following tax year. In order to qualify you are required to prepare and submit a forest stewardship plan, once approved you will enjoy annual tax savings if you manage your property according to your plan and maintain forest on your property.
Properties which are accepted into MFTIP are taxed at one-quater the residential tax rate as determined by MPACC. Landowners who prepare Managed Forest Plans also enjoy a greater understanding of their property. Many landowners take pride in establishing measurable goals for their property and working to maintain the health of their woodlot.
In order to be eligible the property must be in Ontario and owned by a Canadian citizen(s) or permanent resident; a Canadian corporation, partnership or trust; or a conservation authority.
The forest must cover at least four hectares (9.88 acres) excluding residences; be located on one property with one municipal roll number; and must include a minimum number of trees on each hectare. At least one acre is deducted for residences or a groups of buildings as defined by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation.
a) Prepare a Managed Forest Plan- a plan describes the natural features on your property; why you own the property; and what activities to intend to carry out over the 10 years of your plan. The planning framework is found in A Guide to Stewardship Planning for Natural Areas. Activities on properties in the program must be carried out according to "good forestry practices" as defined in the Forestry Act.
b) Have your plan approved- A person designated by the Ministry as a Managed Forest Plan Approver must approve your plan. Approvers are independent contractors and charge for their services. You can find a list of approvers here.
c) Submit your application package to the Ministry of Natural Resources. Deadlines for new participants is June 30th of the year before you enter the program.
d) Follow your plan- Manage your property according to your plan and keep good records.
e) Follow program guidelines- The program guide has information on how to stay qualified while in the MFTIP; the Five-Year Progress Report and updating your plan at the ten-year period.
Plan Approvers are environmental professionals designated by the MNR. A Plan Approver must approve your forest management plan in order for it to be eligible for the MFTIP. Plan Approvers are independent contractors and charge for their services.
Prices will vary depending on numerous factors including: the Plan Approvers rates, size of the property and depth of plan being prepared. To find a competitive price we recommend you contact at least three Plan Approvers for quotes before choosing one to write your plan.
A list of Plan Approvers can be found in your region by clicking here.
Yes, you can harvest timber on property registered under MFTIP, however it is required that land owners adhere to "good forestry practices" as defined in the Forestry Act. Any tree cutting is to be carried out in accordance with the MNR's silvicultural guidelines. To get a copy of MNR guidelines contact the Natural Resources Information Centre at 800.667.1940
The Managed Forest Plan is the property of the landowner who prepared it. The MNR, Plan Approver and associated organizations are not able to provide copies without permission from the landowner. Properties that are sold are removed from the MFTIP by MPAC unless the purchasers submit a new Managed Plan within 90 days of the sale.
Yes, you may remove property from the MFTIP at any time without penalty. To have a property removed please send written notice, a completed Landowner Report and a completed copy of the Report of Landowner Activities to the Ontario Forestry Association or Woodlot Owners Association.
The annual application deadline for new Managed Forest Plans is June 30th. In order to ensure you have all your documentation prepared in time you are encouraged to start the process early.