The Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) is pleased to provide comments on the proposed amendments to O. Reg. 282/98 made under the Assessment Act to enable AgriCorp to deliver the Farm Property Class Tax Rate Program (FPCTRP) and make other farm tax program changes. Unlike most other property tax classes, the Farm Property Class is application based. Farmland owners must apply and meet specified eligibility requirements to have their property considered for inclusion in the Farm Property Class. On behalf of the over 37,000 Ontario farm families we represent, OFA appreciates OMAFRA’s efforts to ensure the FPCTRP is delivered effectively and efficiently.
OFA supports the aim to provide a more seamless, ‘one-window’ customer service experience for program participants. AgriCorp has extensive experience in delivering programs to Ontario farmers. As with administration of any program, computer software updates can be expensive unless economies of scale can be realized. Therefore, we believe a strong business case can be made for the transfer of the FPCTRP delivery from OMAFRA to AgriCorp.