The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) is responsible for assessing and classifying more than five million properties in Ontario.
- The Regional Assessment Office for Windsor/Essex is located at:
- 1695 Manning Road
Toll Free: 1-877-517-7408
How You are Assessed:
- The principal benchmark used to assess property is current value (market value, actual value).
- Current value is considered to be the most likely selling price a willing buyer would pay and a willing seller would accept in an open market, where both parties are under no pressure either to buy or sell the property.
- When fairly assessed, similar properties located in a similar area will be assessed at a similar rate, resulting in the payment of similar taxes.
- It is important to note that there are five (5) major factors which account for 85% of the home’s value
- 1. Location
- 2. Living area (square feet)
- 3. Age of the property
- 4. Lot size (lot dimensions)
- 5. Quality of construction
2017 Assessment Notice
Every four (4) years, MPAC conducts a province-wide Assessment Update and mails Property Assessment Notices (PANs) to every property in Ontario. These notices will be sent out in a staggered fashion across the Province in 9 releases between April and August 2016.
MPAC will be delivering this area’s Residential Property Assessment Notices on Monday, August 8, 2016.
MPAC is currently in the process of updating the assessed values for every property in Ontario for the new four year assessment cycle for taxation years 2017–2020 and as a result, every property owner in Ontario will receive a Property Assessment Notice (PAN) from MPAC updating the value of their property based on a valuation date of January 1, 2016.
Under the phase-in provisions in the Assessment Act:
a) Increase in assessed value is introduced gradually over four years (25% each year)
b) Decrease in assessed value is introduced immediately
What if I disagree with my Assessed Value or Classification?
- If a property owner disagrees with their property’s assessed value or classification, MPAC will review the assessment free of charge by way of the Request for Reconsideration (RfR).
- Unlike previous years where the RfR deadline was March 31 of the taxation year in question, the deadline for filing the RfR is now 120 days from the Issue Date of the PAN. Given that our PANs will be delivered on Monday, August 8, 2016 (as noted above), the RfR deadline for our PAN will be December 6, 2016.
- Login information for the RfR can be found on the Property Assessment Notice.
Not satisfied with the result of your RfR?
You have 90 days after MPAC has notified you of it s decision on your RfR to file an appeal with the Assessment Review Board (ARB). The ARB is an independent tribunal of the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General and has its own appeal process. See Assessment Review Board or phone 1-800-263-3237.
MPAC provides an excellent tool called AboutMyProperty which enables the property owner to:
Learn how your property was assessed
Learn more about the relationship between property assessment and property taxation
Check the information MPAC has on file relative to your property
View and download a copy of your Property Assessment
Use an interactive map to compare your property to similar properties in your neighbourhood
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