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Some condominium owners pay property taxes for municipal services in addition to paying private companies to perform related services like waste collection and snow removal.

That's because Ontario's property tax system is not a user-pay system. It's based on the principle that property owners share the cost of providing municipal services for our entire community - regardless of whether or not an individual taxpayer makes use of a certain Town or Regional service.

Municipal programs, services, and facilities are funded collectively by residential, business, commercial and industrial property owners.

Why should property owners pay taxes for services they don't use?

It's a way for everyone to share the cost of delivering essential public programs, facilities and services. Even if we choose not to use a particular service, it's important that everyone contributes to police, fire, and emergency services, libraries, recreation centres and other valuable community assets.

For example, businesses don't have children but a portion of their property taxes is used to cover the cost of public education; public education is an essential and valuable part of life in our community.

Why do some condo owners pay property taxes for municipal services and then pay private companies additional fees for snow removal?

Property taxes cover the cost of winter control activities for all public roads, making it safer for everyone to travel throughout the community. Property owners are responsible for removing snow from their properties.

Snow removed from private properties still ends up in municipal stormwater drains and sewers which are maintained and repaired using property taxes.

Why do some condo owners pay property taxes for municipal services and then pay private companies additional fees for waste removal?

Our property tax system is not a user-pay system; we all contribute to the municipal waste management system regardless of whether we use municipal waste collection.  In the Town of Caledon, waste management is the responsibility of the Region of Peel.

Condominium corporations may use private waste collection companies for various reasons. Some prefer not to leave waste at the curb for collection. Some properties may not be accessible to waste collection vehicles. To learn more about waste management services in the Region of Peel, please contact the Region Wasteline at 905-584-2216. 

Can the Town refund property taxes for condominiums?

No. The property tax system in Ontario is determined by the Provincial government. The Town of Caledon has no legal authority to change how properties are assessed or alter the property tax structure.

How are property taxes calculated?

The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) assesses the value of all properties in Ontario based on several factors including location, age, size, lot size, and property type (single-detached home, townhouse, multi-residential, commercial, industrial, retails etc.) to determine their market value.

The Town of Caledon and Region of Peel sets the tax rates for municipal services, and the Province of Ontario sets a rate for public education.

The tax rate is applied to the assessed value of the property.