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Altus Group continues to monitor the response of Provincial and Municipal Governments across Canada to keep the industry informed of additional deferral programs and any developing rebate or abatement programs which could assist Landlords in supporting their tenant’s sustained operations in this challenging environment.

We have prepared a summary below of the status of deferral programs for each of the 11 major Canadian cities covered in our annual Canadian Property Tax Rate Benchmark Report. The information below will be regularly updated. Click here to download information on additional municipalities.

In these unprecedented circumstances, you may have property tax questions outside of your regular responsibilities. Our team continues to be available for support and information, please contact your Altus representative or any of the team members listed below.

Vancouver, BC

Last update: March 29, 2020

(1) Tax Payment Dates Deferred and/or (2) Interest  & Penalty Charges on Late Payments Suspended: YES

  • City extending Property Tax due date by 60 days from July 2, 2020 to September 1, 2020
  • 50% reduction in school taxes for most non-residential properties. Savings will vary across tax jurisdictions but will equate to an average property tax reduction of 20%.

Source: https://vancouver.ca/home-property-development/covid-19-coronavirus-within-vancouver.aspx

Edmonton, AB

Last update: March 22, 2020

(1) Tax Payment Dates Deferred and/or (2) Interest  & Penalty Charges on Late Payments Suspended: YES

  • Province of AB announced a roll back of previously announced tax increases, effectively freezing the provincial portion of property taxes for businesses at 2019 levels. This will have a nominal affect (1-2%) on our projected tax rate. The more important piece is they will be deferring the tax due date by 6 months, from June 30 to December 31.
  • City has announced utility payment deferrals and we fully expect property tax deferrals to happen in both Cities.

Source(s): https://www.edmonton.ca/programs_services/emergency_preparedness/covid-19.aspx
https://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=699045A66118C-FA03-F4F5-959455E3316B8564#toc-0

Calgary, AB

Last update: March 22, 2020

(1) Tax Payment Dates Deferred and/or (2) Interest  & Penalty Charges on Late Payments Suspended: YES

  • Province of AB announced a roll back of previously announced tax increases, effectively freezing the provincial portion of property taxes for businesses at 2019 levels. This will have a nominal affect (1-2%) on our projected tax rate. The more important piece is they will be deferring the tax due date by 6 months, from June 30 to December 31.
  • City has announced utility payment deferrals and we fully expect property tax deferrals to happen in both Cities.

Source(s): https://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/cema/Pages/Response-to-Coronavirus.aspx
https://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=699045A66118C-FA03-F4F5-959455E3316B8564#toc-0

Saskatoon, SK

Last update: March 22, 2020

(1) Tax Payment Dates Deferred and/or (2) Interest  & Penalty Charges on Late Payments Suspended: YES

  • Property Tax bills to still be produced in May 2020 but due date to pay without penalty has been extended to September 30, 2020. May request to be removed from TIPPS at any time should you require immediate, short-term financial relief without incurring a penalty. Your full property tax amount will then be due by September 30, 2020. ​

Source: https://www.saskatoon.ca/services-residents/fire-emergency/covid-19

Regina, SK

Last update: March 22, 2020

(1) Tax Payment Dates Deferred and/or (2) Interest  & Penalty Charges on Late Payments Suspended: YES

  • Property Tax bills to still be produced in May 2020 but due date to pay without penalty has been extended to October 1, 2020

Source: https://www.regina.ca/home-property/safety-emergencies/emergency-preparedness/covid-19/

Winnipeg, MB

Last update: March 22, 2020

(1) Tax Payment Dates Deferred and/or (2) Interest  & Penalty Charges on Late Payments Suspended: NO

  • As of March 20, City of Winnipeg has heard from the tax base and is considering next steps

Source: https://winnipeg.ctvnews.ca/winnipeg-exploring-if-property-tax-payments-can-be-deferred-due-to-covid-19-1.4861419

Toronto, ON

Last update: March 29, 2020

(1) Tax Payment Dates Deferred and/or (2) Interest  & Penalty Charges on Late Payments Suspended: YES

  • Provide a grace period of 60 days for the Property Tax and Utility Bill
  • Property Tax Payments: late payment penalties will be waived for 60 days, starting March 16, 2020
  • Below is the overview (see source link for further details):
    • Pre-Authorized Property Tax and Utility Payments: the City will be suspending any pending automated withdrawals that have been scheduled within the next 60-day period but not yet withdrawn

Source: https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/economic-support-recovery/

Ottawa, ON

Last update: March 29, 2020

(1) Tax Payment Dates Deferred and/or (2) Interest  & Penalty Charges on Late Payments Suspended: YES

  • The City has offered a penalty free payment grace period until April 15, 2020 to all property owners for the 2020 interim tax bill.
  • The City is offering a Property Tax Hardship Deferral Program for City of Ottawa residential property owners and small business property owners (assessed property value of up to $7.5 M). The program will extend the interim property tax and final property tax deadlines of March 19, 2020 and June 18, 2020 to Friday, October 30, 2020. Property owners must apply for the deferral before July 31, 2020 to be considered. All applicants must complete this application form.
  • Monthly Pre-authorized Debit (PAD) plans offer the convenience of paying your annual taxes in monthly installments instead of paying the full lump sum installment value in June, 2020. Registration must be by April 15, 2020. Withdrawals will begin in May and run to October, with payments equivalent to 1/6th of the previous year’s taxes in May and June and the balance of the current year’s taxes (excluding supplementary billings) distributed equally from July to October.

Sources: https://ottawa.ca/en/living-ottawa/taxes/covid-19-property-tax-relief
https://ottawa.ca/en/news/city-staff-proposes-property-tax-relief-package-residents-and-small-businesses-impacted-covid-19

Montréal, QC

Last update: March 20, 2020

(1) Tax Payment Dates Deferred and/or (2) Interest  & Penalty Charges on Late Payments Suspended: YES

  • Extension from June 1 to July 2 for the payment of the second tax account for the retailers and enterprises
  • The city is placing $5 million in an assistance fund for businesses to support targeted industries.

Source: https://montreal.ca/articles/covid-19-mesures-en-soutien-aux-entreprises-montrealaises

Montréal-Est, QC

Last update: March 20, 2020

(1) Tax Payment Dates Deferred and/or (2) Interest  & Penalty Charges on Late Payments Suspended: YES

  • City Council has decided to suspend the application of interest rates on amounts that cannot be paid before the end of the next payment period on May 27, 2020

Source: https://ville.montreal-est.qc.ca/covid-19-fermeture-de-services-non-essentiels/

Montréal-Ouest, QC

Last update: March 20, 2020

(1) Tax Payment Dates Deferred and/or (2) Interest  & Penalty Charges on Late Payments Suspended: TBD

  • Still in discussion. Public notification should be available next week on the city’s website

Source: https://montreal-west.ca/en/finance-administration/taxes-evaluation/property-taxes/

Québec City, QC

Last update: March 20, 2020

(1) Tax Payment Dates Deferred and/or (2) Interest  & Penalty Charges on Late Payments Suspended: YES

  • The City defers future municipal tax payments according to the following terms and conditions:
    • May 4th payment: postponed to Aug. 4th
    • July 3 payment: postponed to Sept. 3
    • Sept. 3 payment: postponed to Nov. 4

Source: https://www.ville.quebec.qc.ca/covid19/index.aspx

Halifax, NS

Last update: March 24, 2020

(1) Tax Payment Dates Deferred and/or (2) Interest  & Penalty Charges on Late Payments Suspended: NO

  • As of March 23, City Councillor, Sam Austin, noted the following, “Council has been conferencing calling with staff regularly and we’ll continue to going forward as we move through this crisis. We have been discussing tax relief. There is a willingness to help, but we don’t quite know how yet. We’re looking at options.”
  • The municipality is currently looking at alternative payment options related to property taxes due April 30, 2020. Decisions will be communicated to taxpayers in advance of the deadline and will focus on addressing the needs of businesses and residents

Source: https://www.halifax.ca/fire-police/fire/emergency-management/corona-virus-disease-covid-19

Altus Group continues to monitor the response of Provincial and Municipal Governments across Canada with a view to keeping the industry informed of additional deferral programs and any developing rebate or abatement programs which could assist landlords in supporting their tenant’s sustained operations in this challenging environment.

Information on additional municipalities can be downloaded here.

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