The Ontario trillium benefit (OTB) is the combined payment of the Ontario energy and property tax credit (OEPTC), the Northern Ontario energy credit (NOEC), and the Ontario sales tax credit (OSTC). The intent of this benefit payment is to help people pay for energy costs, while providing relief on sales and property taxes. You need to be eligible for at least one of the three credits to receive the benefit. Learn more about the credits and payment amounts from the government of Ontario.
The Ontario senior homeowners' property tax grant (OSHPTG) is a similar benefit that exists specifically for seniors. It is intended to help offset property taxes for seniors who own their own home and who have low to moderate incomes. Learn more.
For more information on benefit payment dates, if you have a spouse or common-law partner, turned 18 in the year and other specific situations, see the CRA’s Questions and Answers.
To apply for the OTB or OSHPTG, if you live in Ontario, search for “trillium” in the search box and select the Ontario Trillium Benefit: Property and Energy Tax Grants and Credits section. Claim the credits relevant to you and enter your rent, property tax and/or energy costs (whichever is applicable).
Based on the information in your tax return, the Canada Revenue Agency will determine if you’re eligible and tell you if you are entitled to receive the credit and if so, how much you will receive.