Housing and rectories
All full-time stipendiary clergy, incumbents and assistant curates may negotiate with their parish either:

  • to live in housing provided by a parish or
  • to receive a housing allowance as part of their salary, and provide their own accommodation
(Regulation 4.01 (n)).

All negotiations concerning housing are to be completed prior to the appointment being finalized. It is not possible for every appointment to provide both choices, and clergy must be willing to accept that the arrangement agreed to at the time of the appointment might be difficult to change subsequently. In the case of clergy who receive a housing allowance, there may be a requirement to live within an area agreed to prior to the acceptance of the appointment.
(Clergy Personnel Policy, Chapter 3)

  • The parish pays the incumbent's expenses for
  • fuel
  • water
  • electricity
  • telephone services
  • internet services (for those living in rectories).
(Bylaw 5.03)

Rectory property tax
The Assessment Act of Ontario provides a partial (50%) exemption for church rectories as long as the incumbent is living there and it is adjacent to the church. Parishes can file a Request for Reconsideration to have their assessment changed if they are not already receiving this reduction. The relevant section of the Act, applying to the 2001 and subsequent taxation years, says:
"... 50 per cent of the assessment of the principal residence and land used in connection with it of the member of the clergy who officiates at the place of worship referred to in subparagraph i, so long as the residence is located at the site of the place of worship."
—Assessment Act of Ontario, 1990 Chapter A 31, Section 3 Subsection 3(iii),

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Policies, procedures and guidelines The Diocese's Canons, By-Laws and Regulations (CBRs) document is the foremost reference for matters associated with properties. The sections most pertinent to parish corporations and property committees overseeing parish land and buildings come together in a handy document called Property Canons Bylaws and Regulations.

To quote from By-law B3.19 "The possession of all Church land and buildings, the Churchyard and any burying ground attached or belonging thereto, is vested in the Incumbent and Churchwardens for the time being, and the care of the property is therefore their joint responsibility". However, because of the ultimate ownership of the properties being the Incorporated Synod of the Diocese of Ottawa, Regulation R.5.01 states that "Before calling a meeting of the Vestry to deal with any matter respecting lands and buildings.... the Incumbent and Churchwardens shall first consult with the Bishop to discuss any proposal before it is made to the Vestry".

Policies, procedures and guidelines have been put in place to help parishes understand what they must do in cases where properties are involved, and also when financial issues related to property matters need to be addressed. Before submitting a request to Synod, a parish needs to obtain the approval of its own corporation, council or vestry, and in some cases its Archdeacon. The guidelines are in Decision Rights Details.

With respect to clearing your way with the Diocese and its committees, for guidelines on seeking a withdrawal from the CTF, an approval for a project, or permission to withhold a gift or bequest, consult the Application Form Guidelines and the Application Form.

Property Canons Bylaws and Regulations
Church Extension Fund

Well water requirements
Public Health authorities in Ontario have responsibility for the safety of "small drinking water systems". Each church with a well will be contacted to review the individual situations and to make sure that appropriate testing is being done. As a minimum there should be monthly sampling for TC and EC. More info

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