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.

Property taxes: Separating fact from fiction

Where do your tax dollars go?

For every dollar the City collects in property taxes, 18 cents goes to the province to fund education. The remaining 82 cents helps to fund City services and programs. In 2022, the City’s portion of property taxes, $279.7 million, is allocated as shown below.

Local Boards and Shared Services funding = 33.8%

Department / unit Percentage
Police 19.4%
Library 3.7%
Social Services 8.3%
Public Health 1.5%
Long-Term Care 0.9%

Corporate and Governance Services = 6.8%

Department / unit Percentage
Mayor and Council 0.4%
Corporate and Governance Services 6.4%

Capital funding = 11.3%

Public Services funding = 38.1%

Department / unit Percentage
Corporate Fleet, Corporate Facilities and Corporate Security 3.5%
Paramedics 2.9%
Fire 10.4%
Transit 7.9%
Recreation 1.6%
Parks 4%
Culture 2.5%
Roads and Sidewalks 5.3%

Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise Services funding = 10%

Department / unit Percentage
Engineering 2%
Solid Waste Resources 4.9%
Planning and Building 1.6%
Economic Development and Tourism 1.1%
Parking 0.4%

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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.
2021 BMA Municipal Study Guelph2020 BMA Municipal Study Guelph2019 BMA Municipal Study Guelph2018 BMA Municipal Study Guelph

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