Property taxes

Where possible, the City will collect property tax installments as they come due. While there is a wide variety of payment methods, we are suggesting the following preferred methods:

  • Make payments through your financial institution, via online banking
  • Set up a pre-authorized debit plan

On April 16, 2020 City Council approved property tax fiscal relief measures:

Pre-authorized debit plan payments will be processed as usual, with the option to defer payments for the months of April through July upon written request to [email protected] at least ten days before the withdrawal date.

  • For the 9-month, 11-month and 12-month plans, the deferred payments and remaining 2020 taxes will be divided equally and withdrawn on the 15th of each month August through December.
  • For the instalment plan, the deferred April and June instalments will be withdrawn together on August 1, 2020.

Post-dated cheques on file will be processed as dated unless we receive a written request to [email protected], at least ten days before the withdrawal date, to destroy or hold the cheque for deposit no later than July 31, 2020.

The City is waiving all interest and penalty charges that would be applied through to July 31, 2020. The City is waiving all NSF charges through to July 31, 2020, ceasing all progressive collection activities through to July 31, 2020, and waiving all tax statement fees relating to mortgage deferral requirements.

All deferral requests must be made in writing to [email protected] and must include the name(s) as shown on the tax bill and property address.

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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 tax dollars go?

For every dollar the City collects in property taxes, 21 cents goes to the province to fund education. The remaining 79 cents helps to fund City services and programs. In 2020, the City’s portion of property taxes, $256.2 million, is allocated as shown below.

Local Boards and Shared Services funding = 32.7%

Department / unit Percentage
Police 17.8%
Library 3.8%
Social Services 8.9%
Public Health 1.6%
Long-Term Care (Elliot) 0.6%

Corporate Administration funding = 9.6%

Department / unit Percentage
Mayor and Council 0.5%
Administrative Services 6.5%
Other services 3.6%

Capital Financing and Infrastructure funding = 14.2%

Public Services funding = 35%

Department / unit Percentage
Guelph Wellington Paramedics 2.8%
Fire 11%
Transit 7.9%
Recreation 1.7%
Parks and Forestry 4%
Culture and Tourism 2.6%
Roads and Sidewalks 5%

Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise Services funding = 8.5%

Department / unit Percentage
Engineering 1.4%
Solid Waste Resources 5.1%
Planning and Economic Development 2%

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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. 2017 BMA Municipal Study2016 BMA Municipal Study2015 BMA Municipal Study2014 BMA Municipal Study
Learn more about BMA Management Consulting.

For more information

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