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By Altus Group | April 7, 2020

THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON MUNICIPAL ASSESSMENT

We are currently checking whether and how COVID-19  and the measures taken by various levels of government (including Decree 223-2020 of March 25, 2020 of the Government of Quebec on the State of Health Emergency–French only), could qualify as events, as defined by The Act on Municipal Taxation, which could justify a temporary reduction in municipal assessments.

We are collecting information from property owners to quantify the impacts on values for all asset classes. We are also studying various options to determine the optimal strategy to adopt in dealing with municipalities to obtain the best results for our clients in the most efficient manner. We will act sooner rather than later.

DEFERRALS OF PROPERTY TAX PAYMENTS

Several municipalities have already decided to postpone property tax payment deadlines.

We have prepared a summary of the status of the deferral programs:

Canada: 11 major Canadian municipalities under study on our website

Québec: major municipalities of the province of Québec

2020 TRIENNIAL ASSESSMENT ROLLS

The deadline to file applications for review to protect your rights by contesting your municipal assessment is April 30, 2020, as mentioned in the attached document.

There are no plans to extend this deadline have been announced at this time.

For more information please contact your Altus representative or any of the team members listed below.

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