Wild Parsnip, Farm Grant Program and Property Tax Deferral Programs

With June comes Wild Parsnip. If you have been driving around rural Ottawa over the last week, you will have likely noticed small signs with red dots and green dots along roadsides. These signs are part of the City of Ottawa’s wild parsnip spraying program. Since 2015, we have taken a more aggressive approach with managing wild parsnip in the most affected areas. Through increased ditch cutting and spraying of a specific broad leaf herbicide, our efforts have proven effective.

The red dot signs indicate to the contractor that a resident has opted out of the spraying program. The green dot tells the contractor when they can restart. However, property owners who have opted out of the spraying program should still consider their role in managing wild parsnip. As soon as the invasive weed goes to seed, it spreads. By keeping the ditches mowed in areas that aren’t being sprayed, it will prevent the plant from growing and spreading. Therefore, even if you’ve requested that there be no spraying in front of your property, I would strongly encourage you to help control the spread of wild parsnip by keeping those areas mowed.

For more information on wild parsnip, please visit www.rideaugoulbourn.ca/wildparsnip.

Farm Grant Program

The City of Ottawa Farm Grant Program provides financial relief to working farmers. The grant program will assist eligible farm property owners by allowing the June final tax installment to be paid in December.

To qualify for the grant, the following conditions must be met:

  • The property must be defined by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation in the farmlands property class
  • The property must not be owned by a commercial enterprise
  • Taxes have been paid up to date before the June instalment
  • The final tax instalment billed (mailed May) is paid in full in early December

How the program will work:

  • Penalty charges will continue
  • Notification of the amount to be paid will be communicated to you in the fall
  • The grant amount will be the equivalent of the penalty charges and fees added to your account during the deferral
  • The City will automatically calculate and apply a credit for the grant amount to your tax account; there is no application to fill out

Should you have any questions, please contact Revenue Branch from Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 4:00pm at 613-580-2444. TTY: 613-580-2401.

Property Tax Deferral Programs

The City of Ottawa offers two property tax deferral programs for low-income seniors and low-income people with disabilities. Eligible homeowners may apply for a full or partial deferral of annual property taxes. Application for tax deferral must be made annually to the City of Ottawa to establish eligibility or confirm continued eligibility.

You may apply for one of the following programs: Full Property Tax Deferral Program or Partial Property Tax Deferral Program. For more information, visit ottawa.ca or call 613-580-2740.


If you have any comments, questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at Scott.Moffatt@ottawa.ca or contact me by phone at 613-580-2491. For information on Rideau-Goulbourn issues, please visit RideauGoulbourn.ca.