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Property Taxes

Property taxes are the City of Pickering's main source of revenue in providing day to day services and programs to its residents. The tax rate reflects a percentage of the assessed value of your property.

Pickering continues to have the lowest residential tax rate among Durham lakeshore municipalities (.01301837).

A general rule of thumb for calculating property tax is to multiply your assessed value (or purchase price if recent) by the current tax rate. For example, if you paid $200,000 for your house, your taxes would be:

$200,000 x 2014 Tax Rate (.01301837) = $2,603.67

Where do your tax dollars go?

Your tax bill is split up into 3 main components. 

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 Property tax dollars fund various programs and services including:

  1. City:
    Fire, recreation programs, libraries, road maintenance, parks, street lights and storm sewers.
  2. Education:
    The education tax rate is established by the Province. The local school boards are responsible for determining how school taxes are spent.
  3. Region:
    Police, maintenance of major roads, transit, waste management, social assistance, child care, social housing, homes for the aged, public health and ambulance.

2014 Tax Due Dates

The 2014 final tax bills are due in two instalments - June 26, 2014 and September 26, 2014.  The Final tax bills were mailed on May 28, 2014.

2014 Tax Rates, Previous Year Tax Rates

See the 2014 Capping Factors

Property Tax Certificates

The City will fax your property tax certificate to your office within 1 business day from request, for a fee of $85 per roll number. The original copy will follow by mail.

If you wish to receive the tax certificate within the regular 5-7 business days, the standard $65 fee applies.

Please send your request with an attached cheque to the following address:

The City of Pickering
Tax Section
One The Esplanade
Pickering, ON L1V 6K7

Property Tax Forms

Property Tax Sales

The sale of land for tax arrears by public tender is governed by the Municipal Act, 2001, along with Ontario Regulation 181/03 (Municipal Tax Sale Rules). A municipality may recover unpaid property taxes through the sale of a property. The City of Pickering registers a Tax Arrears Certificate if any portion of property taxes remains unpaid for three or more years prior to January 1st of any year.

The registration of a Tax Arrears Certificate indicates that the property will be sold if taxes, penalties, interest and reasonable costs incurred by the City (the cancellation price) are not paid within one year of registration of the certificate.  Once a Tax Arrears Certificate has been registered, partial payments cannot be accepted.

If the cancellation price has not been paid in full within one year of registration of the certificate, the municipality will advertise the property for sale in the local paper for four consecutive weeks, as well as in the Ontario Gazette, and on the City's website.

All tax sale properties are sold by public tender in 'as is' condition without warranty, and the City makes no representation regarding the title to or any other matters relating to the lands to be sold.

To view information regarding properties currently eligible for tax sale and prescribed form of tender, follow the link below.

Sale of Land for Tax Arrears by Public Tender  - CANCELLED September 5, 2014