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County supports PELC to help residents get tax breaks they need

The municipality is supporting an expanded tax-filing program offered by the Prince Edward Learning Centre (PELC) to ensure more residents economically impacted by COVID-19 can access federal and provincial funding.

“We are doing what we can to help reduce barriers Prince Edward County residents face in accessing COVID-19 related support from upper levels of government,” said Mayor Steve Ferguson. “Because residents need to have filed their taxes last year to access funding, we have fast-tracked support for Prince Edward Learning Centre, which is helping the most vulnerable members of our community during this extremely difficult time.”

The municipality is supporting PELC’s program through the Municipal Community Grant Program. The County Foundation, which administers the grant program, recommended the municipality accept PELC’s funding request.

Under the authority recently delegated by Council, Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Marcia Wallace has approved a grant to PELC in the amount of $17,873.

With the grant, PELC will provide free, online support to people who wish to file their tax returns. In addition to accessing COVID-19 related support, people who file their tax returns may qualify for additional government support programs they were not previously receiving.

PELC had submitted a grant request during the 2020 intake of the Municipal Community Grant Program. Given the uncertainty created by the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, the municipality will make decisions about other grant applications at a later date when the full impact of the pandemic outbreak is known. Questions or concerns can be directed to Emily Cowan, Grants and Special Projects Coordinator at the County of Prince Edward, at 613.476.2148 extension 2503 or email ecowan@pecounty.on.ca.

The County Foundation has created a COVID-19 fund to connect funding to community agencies that support the needs of vulnerable communities throughout the County.

It aims to raise $100,000 for food banks, food initiatives, and groups that provide food and health support in the County.

Click here for more about the PELC tax filing program:

PE Learning Centre tax clinics will help you overcome fear of filing

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  1. Michael Williams says:

    What about relief for the tourist accomadation business (TAB) sometimes referred to as STA. They need relief from aproximately
    $1,300>00 in direct cost and tax to register for 2020 tourist season, not including setting up to collect 4% County surtax .
    I believe this industry probably brings in more revenue and income to county residents than all the bars and wineries together.
    There will be much hardship here. Air B&B are stepping up to assist their partners , what about County municipal government!

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