Investment income, also known as passive income, is being targeted in a big way. Passive income generally is defined as anything non-active, such as interest, dividends, rental and royalty income and capital gains and it appears the government is taking a two-step approach to managing it.
On April 10, 2018, Finance Minister Donna Harpauer delivered her first budget as Finance Minister. The Finance Minister pointed to the province’s continued shift away from a reliance on natural resource revenue as a positive sign for the economy: Natural resource revenue is projected to make up 10% — or $1.48 billion — of what the province brings in.
The 2018 Ontario budget contains several tax measures affecting individuals and corporations, including the elimination of the high-income surtax from the calculation of total Ontario personal income tax.