Property Tax Information

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General Information

Municipal property tax notices are mailed twice a year and are due in four installments:

  • Interim Levy First Installment - Friday, February 24, 2017
  • Interim Levy Second Installment - Wednesday, April 26, 2017
  • Final Levy First Installment - June  (Due date will be posted once approved)
  • Final Levy Second Installment - September (Due date will be posted once approved)

Taxes may be paid by cash, debit or cheque at the Town Hall Finance Department (56 Queen Street) or the Canton Municipal Office (5325 County Road 10), at most banks in person or via online banking and through enrolling in a pre-authorized payment plan. Please be advised that the Canton Municipal Office is closed daily from 12:30p.m. to 1:30p.m.  There is also a convenient drop box on the front door of both offices for after-hours payment.  

If you are interested in the pre-authorized property tax payment plan, please complete the application found under Forms Central

Notes

  • Understanding Your Tax Bill Brochure
  • To calculate property tax, simply multiple the assessed value by the applicable tax rate.  For a tutorial on How Your Property Tax is Calculated - Please click here
  • A penalty of 1.25 percent shall be added on the first day of the month following a due date and thereafter interest of 1.25 percent per month will be added on the first day of each month and every month the default continues. 
  • Commercial property class includes all commercial office property, shopping centre property and parking lot property. 
  • Commercial vacant land class includes commercial excess land. 
  • Industrial property class includes all large industrial property. 
  • Industrial vacant land class includes industrial excess land. 
  • Farmland class includes managed forest.

Tax Rates

Assessment Cycle Updates

The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) is responsible for assessing and classifying more than five million properties in Ontario in compliance with the Assessment Act and regulations set by the Government of Ontario. 

In 2016, MPAC will update the assessed values of more than five million properties in Ontario based on a legislated valuation date of January 1, 2016. For a tutorial on How MPAC Assesses Properties - Please click here

For the 2016 province-wide Assessment Update, MPAC is delivering Property Assessment Notices earlier than ever before.  This change is being made as part of the organization's commitment to bring greater stability and predicatbility to the property assessment and taxation system. 

Residential property owners can expect to receive their Property Assessment Notice the week of May 9, 2016.  The Property Assessment Notices for farmland properties will be mailed on Tuesday October 11, 2016. The Property Assessment Notices for multi-residential and business properties will be mailed on Tuesday October 18, 2016. These new assessments will serve as the basis for calculating property taxes for 2017 - 2020. 

The Municipality of Port Hope in conjunction with Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) held an information session regarding property assessment and the new four year phase in cycle onWednesday, May 18, 2016.  For the presentation, please click here

On Tuesday September 27, 2016 the Municipality of Port Hope in conjunction with MPAC representatives Catherine Barr and Terry-lyn Wright, hosted an information session regarding the assessment of farmland properties. For the presentation, please click below:

For information on how assessment works, market trends, the Request for Reconsideration process and property assessment and taxation, visit www.aboutmyproperty.ca. If you would like to see the information MPAC has on file or your property or compare your property to others in your area, you can register and login using the Roll Number and Access Key located on your Property Assessment Notice. 

Do you have questions about your 2016 Property Assessment Notice? Click the image below or contact the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) Customer Contact Centre at 1-866-296-MPAC (6722), or 1-877-889-MPAC (6722).

About My Property

For a tutorial on How to Use AboutMyProperty - please click here

Requests for Reconsideration 

Starting in 2016, property owners will have 120 days from the Issue Date of their Property Assessment Notice to file a free Request for Reconsideration (RfR), to ensure they receive a fair and consistent review of property assessment concerns. 

The Issue Date and the property owner's unique Request for Reconsideration deadline is included on every Property Assessment Notice. 

The Request for Reconsideration deadline for the residential properties receiving a Property Assessment Notice with an issue date of May 9, 2016 for all Northumberland County is Tuesday September 6, 2016. 

The Request for Reconsideration deadline for the farmland properties receiving a Property Assessment Notice with an issue date of Tuesday October 11, 2016 for all Northumberland County is Wednesday February 8, 2017.

The Request for Reconsideration deadline for the multi-residential and business properties receiving a Property Assessment Notice with an issue date of Tuesday October 18, 2016 for all Northumberland County is Wednesday February 15, 2017.

If property owners feel their assessed value and/or property classification is not correct, MPAC will review it, free of charge.  Property owners can do this by filing a Request for Reconsideration, which can be done through www.aboutmyproperty.ca, or by filling out a Request for Reconsideration form, available here. You can also write a letter to MPAC requesting reconsideration. 

For a tutorial on How the Request for Reconsideration Process Works - please click here

Rebates for Vacancies in Commerical or Industrial Buildings

To be eligible for a rebate, a building or portion of a building must satisfy the following conditions:

  • Buildings that are Entirely Vacant
    • The entire building was unused for at least 90 consecutive days. 
  • Buildings that are Partially Vacant
    • A suite or unit within a commerical building will be eligible for a rebate if, for at least 90 consecutive days, it was:
      • Unused; and 
      • Clearly delineated or physically separated from the used portions of the buildings; and
      • Either:
        • Capable of being leased for immediate occupation; or 
        • Undergoing or in need of repairs or renovations that prevented it from being available for lease for immediate occupation; or
        • Unfit for occupation.
    • A portion of an industrial building will be eligible for a rebate if, for at least 90 consecutive days, it was:
      • Unused; and
      • Clearly delineated or physically separated from the used portions of the building. 

Applications can be found under Forms Central. The deadline for submitting applications is the last business day in February of the year following the taxation year to which the application relates.