Property Taxes

Passing Cottage Property Onto Your Kids Is No Walk Along The Lake

Jeet Dhillon | Posted 06.09.2016 | Canada Living
Jeet Dhillon

For many families a cottage is a place of special moments, milestones and memories. However, having a recreational property is not always fun and games -- there are also many costs and responsibilities that come along with ownership, especially when transferring the property to your children.

Property Tax Assessments Up 18% In Ontario

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.06.2017 | Canada Business

House price growth has averaged 4.5 per cent a year in Ontario, MPAC says.

Flames Owners' Pitch For Corporate Welfare Isn't Doing Us A Favour

Paige MacPherson | Posted 02.22.2017 | Canada Alberta
Paige MacPherson

Calgary taxpayers have now had a little time to recover from the puzzling pitch for public cash that NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman delivered when he came to town. Bettman may have left, but the ask is still on the table.

Canadians Owning Property in the U.S. Could Cash in on the Weak Loonie

Cleo Hamel | Posted 09.01.2016 | Canada Business
Cleo Hamel

For the past few years, Canadians have been taking advantage of our dollar being worth about the same as the U.S. dollar. From buying up real estate to cross-border shopping, being on par with the U.S. dollar has had its advantages. However, in the last few months, economic factors have driven the Canadian dollar down. It may be time to regroup and look at some strategies to make the weakening dollar work for you.

The Collateral Damage of Ontario's Greenbelt

Kenneth P. Green | Posted 04.07.2015 | Canada Politics
Kenneth P. Green

There's a growing belief that if left uncontrolled, Canada's expanding cities risk occupying too much space. One of the main voices of this line of thought belongs to Toronto's chief planner who advocates growth boundaries, such as Ontario's Greenbelt, to restrict urban expansion.

Breaking Down Calgary's Property Tax Increases

Mark Milke | Posted 02.09.2015 | Canada Alberta
Mark Milke

Once again, Calgary city council has raised property taxes beyond the rate of inflation. No surprise. Over the past seven years, only once, in 2007, has council approved a tax increase below Calgary's inflation rate. The latest hike, 4.5 per cent in residential property taxes for 2015, is triple the average annual Statistics Canada inflation rate for the 2010-2014 period in Calgary

Look Who's Paying Canada's Highest Property Taxes

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 09.30.2014 | Canada Business

Homeowners in some of Canada’s most expensive real estate markets pay some of the country’s lowest property tax rates, and vice versa. The Real...

Yes, Calgary, Your Property Taxes Really Are Soaring

Mark Milke | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Alberta
Mark Milke

It's not your imagination. Your property taxes really are shooting higher. For those who haven't paid attention to their property tax bill until recently, let me offer some calculations.

Why Calgary's Property Taxes are Skyrocketing

Mark Milke | Posted 08.07.2013 | Canada Alberta
Mark Milke

If you live in Calgary and you check your property tax bill this month, rest assured you are not imagining things: property taxes really are on the rise and way above inflation. Some background: Calgary's property tax bill has two components, with the city's share at 56 per cent and the province's at 44 per cent.

Vancouver Bixi Bike Share Takes Taxpayers For Ride

Jordan Bateman | Posted 01.07.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

Vancouver's Bixi public bike-share program may sound like good public policy but in the end, it will be taxpayers who will get taken for a ride. Why are they paying for bikes when the car shares have proven transportation co-ops and businesses can be sustained without taxpayer dollars?

Municipal Golf Courses Have Taxpayers Tee'd-Off

Jordan Bateman | Posted 06.03.2014 | Canada Politics
Jordan Bateman

Golf revenues are slowly on the decline across Canada. Some B.C. leaders have missed the simplest way of fixing this problem: getting taxpayers out of the golf game all together. It's one thing for taxes to go to essentials like water, sewer or public safety, it's another thing to know you're subsidizing luxuries like municipal golf courses. If you can find a service listed on, government shouldn't be providing it.

B.C. Voters Can Send City Hall a Message: Less Taxes, Control Spending

Jordan Bateman | Posted 01.17.2012 | Canada Politics
Jordan Bateman

Municipal elections are notable for their small turnout. In many communities across B.C., a few votes can make a big difference, which is why people concerned about high taxes and bloated spending need to vote to change the culture of their council -- and then hold their new leaders accountable for their decisions.

Should Ontarians Pay an Extra Trash Tax?

Andrew Reeves | Posted 11.21.2011 | Canada
Andrew Reeves

You may think that people should be collectively responsible for paying for the waste they cumulatively generate. Or you may feel that, like residents without children who oppose paying for schools, it should be a personal responsibility. Either way, Ontario appears to be behind in having these discussions.

Ontario's Municipalities Still Wait For Change

Ian Chadwick | Posted 10.25.2011 | Canada
Ian Chadwick

Ontario's provincial leaders are promising a lot this election, but no one is talking about repairing the relationship between municipalities and the province. Sure, everyone talks about "partnerships' with municipalities, but it's not a partnership when the other side has all the cards.