All properties in Ontario are assessed every four years by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC). From May 27 to June 6, residential property owners in Toronto will be mailed a 2016 Property Assessment Notice. In October 2016, Toronto non-residential property owners will be mailed a 2016 Property Assessment Notice.
The Property Assessment Notice provides the current value assessment (CVA), an estimate of the market value of the property as of January 1, 2016. To provide an additional level of property tax stability and predictability, increases in assessed value are phased in gradually over four years. A decrease in assessed value is introduced to taxpayers immediately.
The City of Toronto is responsible for calculating property tax bills based on the assessed values determined by MPAC. Reassessments do not generate any additional taxes for the City.
An increase in assessment does not necessarily mean an increase in property taxes. If the assessed value of a home has increased by the same percentage as the average increase in the municipality, there may be no increase in the property taxes paid by the property owner.
Properties that have increased in value more than the municipal average may experience an increase in taxes. Properties that have experienced an increase in assessed value that is below the municipal average increase may experience a decrease in taxes.
According to the MPAC Assessment Update, residential property owners will see an average assessment increase of 7.5 per cent in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. The average assessed value for a typical residential home in Toronto is now $770,000.
• Property owners can verify the information that was used by MPAC to determine their assessment on aboutmyproperty.ca. Owners can also compare their property to others in their neighbourhood.
Property Assessment Notices should be reviewed carefully by property owners and filed for their records. No action is required unless the property owner believes that their property information or assessment is incorrect.
If the owner disagrees with the assessment value of their property, they may file a Request for Reconsideration (RfR), and MPAC will review their assessment free of charge.
Property owners can learn about how MPAC determined their property value and compare their assessment to others in their neighborhood by visiting: aboutmyproperty.ca
This year, every Property Assessment Notice indicates the deadline to file a Request for Reconsideration. This deadline is 120 days after the Notice Issue Date.
The City of Toronto offers a property tax relief program to assist low income seniors and low income persons with a disability. More information: www.toronto.ca/taxreliefprogram
This year’s Community Environment Day will take place on June 9th from 4:00pm until 8:00pm at the Birchmount Community Centre (93 Birchmount Road).
Extra compost will also be available for pick-up on June 4th at Scarborough Village Recreation Centre from 10am until supplies run out.
Do your part in creating a cleaner, greener and more liveable Toronto. Bring us your unused and unwanted household items and you will help to:
- Extend the life of a product by offering it to someone for reuse.
- Reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and ensure that it is properly recycled.
- Ensure that hazardous waste materials are disposed of safely.
For more information on the City’s Community Environment Days, visit http://www1.toronto.ca/
This year’s Scarborough Central Lions Spring Yard Sale & Flea Market will take place from 9:00am to 2:00pm on June 4th in the Scarborough Arena Gardens Parking Lot (Birchmount and Kingston Road)
For more information, please contact Mary at (416) 438-4471
*This is a rain or shine event
Registration for summer City of Toronto community recreation programs including summer swim and skate programs, and afterschool recreation care (ARC) for the coming school year (starting in September), will begin at 7 a.m. on June 4 across the city – the Etobicoke/York, Scarborough, North York and Toronto/East York recreation districts.
These high-quality, affordable recreation programs fill up quickly, so the public is advised to register starting at 7 a.m. to avoid disappointment. Registering online is the quickest and easiest way to sign up for programs. The number of registrations completed online continues to increase each year and additional capacity has been added to the online registration system. On average, 70 per cent of the daily total of registrations can now be processed in the first hour of each registration day.
The City of Toronto is committed to increasing access to recreational activities by offering yearly credits, free programs and older adult discounts.
Summer swim and skate programs
Before registering for summer swim and skate programs, residents should be aware of the registration date, how to register and payment options. Those who want to register for programs will require a family number and a client number for each member of their family. Before registration day, call 416-338-4386 or speak with staff at a City community centre to get those numbers. More information about how to register is available at http://www.toronto.ca/parks/registration.
Registration is ongoing for summer camps and general programs. Residents can explore recreation program options online at http://bit.ly/1Dd4iYS or by picking up a FUN Guide at City Hall, civic centres, community centres and libraries.
Afterschool Recreation Care programs
Registration for Afterschool Recreation Care (ARC) programs for the upcoming school year (September 2016 to June 2017) begins Saturday, June 4 at 7 a.m. Residents can register for ARC online, by phone or in person, and can obtain more information about ARC programs and registration at http://www.toronto.ca/arc.
Yearly credit (Welcome Policy)
The City of Toronto offers a yearly credit called the Welcome Policy for residents with low incomes that can be used to register for City recreation programs. Those receiving social assistance (Ontario Works) and living in Toronto are pre-approved to receive this credit, and should speak to their caseworker. More information about the yearly credit is available at http://www.toronto.ca/wp.
Many community centres offer free recreation programs including leisure swimming and skating, and drop-in programs for children, youth and older adults. More information about free and low-cost programming options is available at http://www.toronto.ca/lowcostrecreation.
Older adult discounts
Torontonians age 60 and older who register for adult programs receive a 50 per cent discount on programming.
The City of Toronto has improved its registration process by adding a fast and easy way to access receipts. Participants can now review and print their own receipts. More information can be found on the City’s website at https://efun.toronto.ca/TorontoFun/Start/Start.asp.
Registrants are asked to update their email address by logging in to their account at https://efun.toronto.ca/TorontoFun/Start/Start.asp or by calling 416-338-4386.