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Protected Areas

Conservation Property Tax Exemption

Conservation Property Tax ExemptionIn November 2008, the Conservation Property Tax Exemption Act was passed into law by the Nova Scotia House of Assembly.

The purpose is to encourage private landowners, through a property tax exemption, to legally protect their ecologically significant lands in ways that help the Province achieve the 12%-by-2015 land protection goal established by the Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act (EGSPA).

Beginning in the 2009 tax year, the exemption applies to private landowners, including individuals, non-governmental charitable land trusts, and companies, whose lands are legally protected in accordance with EGSPA.

Eligible properties ("conservation properties") include lands owned and held for protection by nature conservation-oriented land trusts, and privately owned lands protected under conservation easements or protected area designations (Wilderness Areas or Nature Reserves).

Houses, other structures, and lands associated with dwelling areas are not eligible for the exemption.

More information on the Conservation Property Tax Exemption can be found in the following links: