If your non-profit organization is the owner of a property, or the holder of a property under a lease, license or permit, and if the property is primarily used for the purpose of the organization, your organization may qualify for a property tax exemption.
Applying for Property Tax Exemption
To qualify for property tax exemption, a completed application form along with full supporting information is to be submitted by the non-profit organization in the year preceding the taxation year. Once completed, the application will be reviewed and considered for tax exemption accordingly to Section 362(n)(i) to (v) of the Municipal Government Act and the Community Organization Property Tax Exemption Regulation A/R 281/98 as amended. If it meets the requirements, the property, or a portion thereof, will be exempt from paying property taxes the next taxation year.
Your non-profit organization may qualify for property tax exemption only if it:
- owns property, or holds property under a lease, license, or permit,
- is incorporated under the Society Act, or an entity established under a federal law or law of Alberta,
- uses the funds chiefly for the purposes of the organization and not for the benefit of the organization’s directors and employees,
- does not restrict the use of the property within the terms and meaning outlined in the regulation.
For General Rules please refer to Part 1 of the Community Organization Property Tax Exemption Regulation AR 281/98. Refer to Part 2 and 3 of the Regulation to determine if your organization qualifies for property tax exemption. Or for more information please view the link below.
Submit Your Application
To receive such a property tax exemption, a qualifying non-profit organization is required to submit a completed application with full supporting information to the address below for consideration by the City of Medicine Hat.
City of Medicine Hat
580 First Street SE
Medicine Hat, AB T1A 8E6
Please submit the application form that corresponds to your non-profit organization. If the following are not applicable please submit the general application form.
- Arts or Museum
- Care and Supervision of Children
- Chamber of Commerce
- Community Association
- Ethno-Cultural Organization
- Fairs and Exhibitions
- Sheltered Workshop
- Sports or Recreation
- Thrift Shop
If you have any further questions, please contact Assessment at 403.529.8114.