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By Altus Group | October 20, 2020

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Quebec government introduced state of emergency rules to help ensure health security. These have resulted in business closures limiting their ability to generate income and, most recently, a 28 day lock down. All of this had a negative impact on the assessment of their properties.

While legislation was coming into play to provide much needed property tax relief to these businesses, on September 30 the Government of Quebec introduced Bill 67 to suspend the Act Respecting Municipal Taxation, which would allow property values to be revised in order to take into account the negative impacts resulting from a legal restriction on the possible uses of a building. If enacted in its entirety, Bill 67 would slam the door on any potential of tax relief for Quebec businesses that have been negatively impacted by the government enforced COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

This is an unfortunate consequence, especially since unlike many other provinces, Quebec property taxpayers cannot appeal their municipal assessment every year.

Altus Group is doing everything possible to protect the interests of Quebec taxpayers during these difficult times and are monitoring the ongoing outcome of this bill.

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