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COVID-19 Financial Support

COVID-19 Financial Support

As part of a comprehensive COVID-19 relief package, Clarington Council approved funding to assist property owners, non-profit organizations and business owners who have been impacted by COVID-19. Council approved three separate financial support programs, click on each to view the details and find out how to qualify:

COVID-19 Tax Deferral Program

The Municipality of Clarington has implemented a COVID-19 Property Tax Deferral Program to assist property owners financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This program helps property owners with payment flexibility by deferring the interim tax instalment due dates by 60 days; penalty and interest-free.

Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria, which includes:

  • Property taxes must be paid in full on December 26, 2020 (the date the second emergency order was declared).
  • Experienced financial hardship directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic in one or more of the following categories: loss of pay/employment, excessive revenue loss (greater than 30 per cent), or business closure.
  • Property is in either the residential/farm property class or a commercial property class with an assessment value of less than $5 million.
  • Did not receive compensation from business interruption insurance for property taxes.

Approved applications would have their February 18, 2021 instalment deferred until April 19, 2021, and their April 22, 2021 instalment deferred until June 21, 2021; penalty and interest-free.

The deadline to apply is March 31, 2021.

Apply for the COVID-19 Property Tax Deferral Program

COVID-19 – Monthly Pre-Authorized Payment (PAP)

The Municipality of Clarington has implemented a COVID-19 Monthly Pre-Authorized Payment (PAP) plan to assist property owners who the COVID-19 pandemic has financially impacted. This program helps property owners with payment flexibility by allowing taxpayers to spread their taxes over equal monthly payments. An administrative change to the existing pre-authorized payment (PAP) plan will enable taxpayers to join without paying an amount upfront.

Monthly payments will be deducted from your account provided on the first day of each month. The monthly withdrawal amount will be calculated by taking the account balance for 2021 divided by the number of months remaining in the 2021 term. The term will end with the November first withdrawal, and the new term for 2022 will begin on December 1.

You will be automatically enrolled in the program for subsequent years unless a cancellation request is received in writing.

To determine what your monthly withdrawal amount will be, contact Taxation Services at 905-623-3379 ext. 2650.

Apply for the COVID-19 Monthly Pre-Authorized Payment (PAP) 

COVID-19 Community Improvement Program

COVID-19 Community Improvement Plan Amendment

The Municipality has initiated an Amendment to the COVID-19 Community Improvement Plan (CIP). The purpose and effect of the COVID-19 CIP Amendment is to revise the existing COVID-19 CIP, which was adopted by Council in October 2020. The proposed revisions would modify the COVID-19 CIP, including the Financial Incentive Program general eligibility and means test criteria to better support qualifying local businesses with COVID-19-related improvements, in accordance with the goals of the CIP. 

View the Notice of Public Meeting to learn more about the Public Meeting.

Current Community Improvement Program

Clarington businesses can now apply for grant funding to assist with the costs incurred while adapting and managing the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The COVID-19 Community Improvement Plan (CIP) will provide support to qualifying businesses to make physical modifications to enable them to reopen safely. The CIP will provide grant funding for various safety measures, including plexiglass barriers to protect staff and customers, signage to encourage spacing, and realignment of displays and work areas to allow for distancing.

Qualifying businesses will have to meet certain eligibility criteria and meet a financial means test.

Businesses that may qualify for the COVID-19 CIP include:

  • Retail stores, food services, art and entertainment services, personal care services, and registered medical practitioners such as massage therapists and chiropractors.

Businesses who do not qualify for funding under the COVID-19 CIP include:

  • Any business deemed essential that remained open during the pandemic: grocery stores, drug stores, doctors’ offices, or national/international franchises and chain corporations

Businesses are encouraged to apply online using the application form below.

For more information and to apply, contact Sarah Allin at or 905-623-3379 ext. 2419.

Please see the information sheet below for a summary of the COVID-19 CIP Program requirements, or read the COVID-19 CIP document for full eligibility and program details.

Download the COVID-19 Community Improvement Plan Application Form (PDF)

Submit completed applications to

Expired Financial Assistance Programs

 COVID-19 Community Support Program 
The COVID-19 Community Support Program will provide financial assistance for eligible not-for-profit community agencies and volunteer organizations in Clarington that were negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will only assist organizations suffering a loss as a result of program and service closures or reduced fundraising capabilities due to the pandemic.

The application window for this program is now closed.

Application deadline: Sunday, July 12, 2020

Property Tax Relief Program

As part of a $2 million financial support package for taxpayers and business owners negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Clarington Council has dedicated $1 million to a temporary property tax relief program.

The property tax relief program will only cover the local, municipal portion of the tax bill, which amounts to roughly 30 per cent of the overall bill. The relief program spans from March 17, when the Province declared an emergency, until June 19, when Clarington entered Stage 2 of Ontario’s reopening framework. Residents will need to apply for the tax relief program and will have to meet strict criteria. The program was passed under a clause in the Municipal Act, which gives a local municipality the authority to refund taxes levied if Council considers the taxes to be “unduly burdensome” on taxpayers. The definition of “unduly burdensome” has been set out by Clarington Council. The tax relief program requires residents to show that the taxes levied are unaffordable and create a financial strain on the overall household income, which may have been cut as a result of the pandemic due to job loss or other circumstances. Taxpayers will have to prove that property taxes levied are higher than five per cent of their overall household income. Also, residents will have to show that the taxes levied amount to more than 20 per cent of their non-registered savings, creating a financial hardship. To qualify for the rebate, residents will have to provide the following documents:

  • bank statements or investment statements for each month of the rebate period (March to June);
  • letters from employers showing job loss;
  • record of employment;
  • notices of assessment or supporting documentation that show receipt of Employment Insurance (EI) or Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) payments.

If residents meet the conditions outlined in the application process, they will receive a refund cheque from the Municipality. As an example, the annual municipal taxes on a home assessed at $500,000 are $1,965.38. This translates to monthly payments of $163.78, which covers only the local portion of your taxes, and the rebate received would be $655.12.

  • Property Tax Relief Program is now closed.


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