Assistance Program for Ethno-Cultural Oranizations

Ethno-cultural organizations can apply for a grant in the amount of 50 per cent of the City’s portion of property taxes. The organizations must be a registered charity or a nonprofit organization, own and operate the property as an ethno-cultural center.


An organization is qualified to receive a grant if it:

  • is based and active in St Catharines;
  • is a charity in good standing within the meaning of the Income Tax Act (Canada) with a registration number issued by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) or a Non-Profit Organization; 
  • owns and operates the subject property for the purpose of an ethno-cultural centre;
  • demonstrates sound financial and organizational management practices;
  • has a mandate to promote public understanding and awareness of ethno-cultural traditions, legacies, language, arts and trade;
  • provides programming or services that are open to the public and publicized city wide;
  • is up to date with payment of current property taxes. 


Eligible Property

Real property owned and operated by an eligible organization for the purposes of providing an ethno-cultural centre.

Ethno-cultural Centre

A facility that houses activities and programming for the purpose of promoting and sharing specific cultural legacies, facilitating communication and understanding of a distinct culture, language, arts and trade through open access and community-wide publicity.    

Application and Approval Process 

Eligible Organizations must apply on an annual basis.

All applicants are required to provide completed applications.

Applications will be accepted between January 1 of the tax year and February 28th of the following year for rebates of the current year.

Applications must be received in our office no later than 4:30 pm on the last business day of February.

City staff will confirm eligibility and inform the applicant of their approval for a Tax Grant by mail within 30 business days.


Email Citizens First or call 905.688.5600 for more information. 

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