How it works

Through the Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program (MFTIP), landowners who get their property classified as ‘Managed Forest’ pay 25% of the municipal tax rate set for residential properties.

To participate, you must prepare and follow a 10-year Managed Forest Plan that details how you will manage your forest property responsibly.

The plan must be approved by a Managed Forest Plan Approver. These individuals are independent resource management consultants, certified by, but not employed by, the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry.

You also need to submit a 5-year progress report and update your management plan every 10 years to stay in the program.

Who is eligible

To be eligible you need to:

  • own 4 hectares (9.88 acres) or more of forested land on a single property in Ontario on one municipal roll number
  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • be a Canadian corporation, partnership
  • be a trust or conservation authority
  • have a minimum number of trees on each hectare (acre) of forest you own

Residences, landscaped areas and land used for residential or other purposes are not eligible under the program.

How to apply

Step 1: Review the Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program Guide to help determine if you are eligible.  A Managed Forest Plan Approver can verify this.

Find a Managed Forest Plan Approver

Step 2: Prepare a Managed Forest Plan that includes details about your property and how you will manage it.

You can find a framework for developing your management plan in A Guide to Stewardship Planning for Natural Areas.

You may want to get advice on how to write your plan from a Managed Forest Plan Approver or a member of the Ontario Professional Foresters Association.

Download: A Guide to Stewardship Planning

Visit: Ontario Professional Foresters Association website

Step 3: Have your plan approved by a Managed Forest Plan Approver.

Step 4: Complete the application form.

Step 5: Gather all documents for your application package:

  • Managed Forest Plan
  • MFTIP 10-year application form
  • an area verification form for each property and an approval form, both completed by a Managed Forest Plan Approver
  • a copy of the most recent property assessment notice for each property (provided to landowners by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation)

Step 6: Send the complete application package to:

Administrator
Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program
Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry
5th Floor S
300 Water St
PO Box 7000
Peterborough ON  K9J 8M5

For more information, contact: MFTIP@ontario.ca

Application forms and guides

Ontario Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program (MFTIP) guide

MFTIP 10-year application form

A guide to stewardship planning for natural areas

Entire set of standard forms to create a stewardship plan

Sample stewardship plan with completed forms (PDF)

Application deadline

June 30 to qualify for the following year.

How to stay qualified

Step 1: Follow your approved Managed Forest Plan and keep good records.

Step 2: Submit your 5-year progress report and a copy of the Report of Activities (Section 9) from your plan by July 31 of year 5 in the program.

Download: MFTIP Landowner Report (PDF)

Step 3: Submit a new application package, including a new plan approved by a Managed Forest Plan Approver, by July 31 of year 10 in the program. If you don’t renew your plan, you need to submit a MFTIP Landowner Report to the MFTIP program administrator.

Download: MFTIP Landowner Report (PDF)

Step 4: Let the MFTIP program administrator know of any changes to your property, ownership or contact information.

For more information, contact: MFTIP@ontario.ca
Tel: 1-855-86-MFTIP (1-855-866-3847)

How to withdraw from the program

If you choose to remove your property from the program, you need to send the MFTIP program administrator:

  • written notice
  • a completed copy of the MFTIP Landowner Report
  • a completed copy of the Report of Activities (Section 9 of your plan)

Download: MFTIP Landowner Report (PDF)

Property assessments

To find out how the program could change your property assessment, contact:

Municipal Property Assessment Corporation
PO Box 9808
Toronto ON M1S 5T9

1-866-296-6722

Website: www.mpac.ca

Updated: November 22, 2021
Published: July 17, 2014