Comment 39048

By MattJelly (registered) - website | Posted March 23, 2010 at 15:50:58

John, I did a bit of digging today on this, specifically in regards to the Connaught.

Since 2005, the owners have applied and received this rebate each year. The previous owners applied for the rebate in 2001, and they were exempted for an amount of $7266.85. I'm not sure the exact amounts the consortium (Grand Connaught Development) has been exempted in years since, but it's safe to assume it's more now because much more of the building is vacant now than it was in 2001, when the hotel was still in operation. Owners are allowed to receive a rebate on specific parts of a property which are vacant, even if the entire building isn't vacant.

The current owners have applied for this rebate for each year they've owned it. I'm waiting back on info from the Director of Taxation on the amounts the consortium have been rebated over the past 4-5 years, and I'll share that info here as soon as I have it.

I've inquired whether they've allowed filmshoots in parts of the building which have qualified for the rebate- if so, they wouldn't qualify for the rebate for the time the building is being used for the shoot- and specifically for the parts of the building used by the film shoot. They're apparently also going to get back to me on that.

It's time to start lobbying the Province to change this policy- it may make sense for some communities, but it certainly doesn't work for us here.

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