The government is postponing the planned property tax reassessment for 2021.

This notice was sent via our Real Estate Board March 27th re: MPAC

The government is postponing the planned property tax reassessment for 2021.

This will ensure that municipal governments are able to focus their resources on critical public health initiatives and other efforts to manage the local response to the COVID‑19 outbreak. Postponing the reassessment will also provide stability for Ontario’s property taxpayers and municipalities.

Property taxation is based on the assessed value of properties and in Ontario those assessments are updated every four years. The next property valuation update, known as a reassessment, had been scheduled to be completed by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) in 2020 for the 2021 taxation year. As a result, MPAC would have issued new assessments for more than five million properties beginning this spring.

However, in view of the unique and unforeseen challenges that all municipalities, residents, and businesses are facing during 2020, the government is postponing the reassessment. This means that assessments for the 2021 taxation year will continue to be based on the same valuation date that was in effect for the 2020 taxation year.

This measure will not have a financial impact on municipalities, because MPAC will continue to maintain the assessment roll and ensure that it is updated to reflect changes such as new construction.

This postponement will also provide an opportunity to better reflect the advice received through the Property Assessment and Taxation Review that is currently underway. Through this review, the government is seeking stakeholder input to explore opportunities to support a competitive business environment and enhance the accuracy and stability of property assessments. The feedback received during this review will help to inform the development of policies for the next reassessment.

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