Property taxes

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How does the City calculate property taxes?

Guelph’s annual budget is just one part of your property tax bill. Property taxes are calculated based on the value of a property, Provincial taxes, (to fund education) and Municipal taxes (to fund Police Fire and Ambulance Service, Roads, Sidewalks, Transit, Parks, Trails, Museums, Recreation Centres, Libraries, and all City programs and services).

This short video explains the relationship between property values and property taxes.

Where do your taxes go?

For every dollar the City collects in property taxes, $0.23 is provided to the province for education. The remaining $0.77 helps to fund services for the public. In 2016, the City collected, and retained, $216.4 million in property taxes.

The following details the percentage of each dollar collected is directed to various programs and services.

Pie chart of where property taxes go as a percentage of each dollar collected. See next tab for a text version.
Service Percentage of each dollar collected
Police 17.4%
Social Services 11.2%
Public Health 1.8%
Long-Term Care (Elliott) 0.7%
Waste 4.9%
Planning and Economic Development 2.3%
Infrastructure 0.9%
EMS 2.5%
Fire 11.7%
Transit 6.8%
Recreation 1.7%
Parks, Forestry 4.2%
Culture and Tourism 2.8%
Roads and Sidewalks 7.1%
General and Capital Financing 10.6%
Library 3.9%
Mayor and Council 0.4%
Administrative Services 7.2%
Other services 1.8%

How does Guelph compare?

The municipal study by BMA Management Consulting looks at 86 cities across Ontario, and shows how Guelph compares to other municipalities when it comes to property values, municipal taxes and more.

13 MB2015 BMA Municipal Study 13 MB2014 BMA Municipal Study 2013 BMA Municipal Study 2012 BMA Municipal Study

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