Motion To: WHEREAS on March 11, 2020 the World Health Organization assessed COVID-19 as a global pandemic; and WHEREAS on March 17, 2020 the Province of Ontario declared a State of Emergency related to the presence of COVID-19 within the province; and WHEREAS, the City of Ottawa has been implementing measures to slow the spread of the virus, including the cancellation of all recreational and cultural programming and the closure of public service counters at City facilities, and encouraging residents to socially distance and self-isolate as required; and WHEREAS, small businesses are the backbone of our local economy and facing financial uncertainty in this evolving situation; and WHEREAS to ensure that the City could provide a grace period for tax payment and tax deferrals for financially impacted residents, including small businesses as soon as possible and without an undue administrative burden, the City Treasurer has established the criteria for eligibility for property tax deferral
Absent/RecusedR. Chiarelli (a)
D. Deans (a)
Vote recorded from City Council on 2020-03-25 regarding agenda item MOTION - 2020 PROPERTY TAX COVID-19 HARDSHIP DEFERRAL PROGRAM AND WATER PAYMENT GRACE PERIOD.