To support residents and businesses during this difficult time, the City of Pickering is waiving penalties and interest for 60 days for all residents and businesses effective with the April property tax instalment (April 28).

The 60 day grace period, will end on June 30th, and it is for the April 28, 2020 instalment. 

Who does this apply to?

The waiving of the penalties and interest is for all properties that includes residential, apartment buildings, shopping centres, office towers, commercial plazas, commercial buildings and all industrial properties.

Insufficient funds and pre-authorized payment related fees

These will be waived by the City. Your bank may still charge you a fee.   

Post-dated cheques

For those property owners who sent postdated cheques to the City for their April tax instalment and would like to cancel the payment, they may do so by contacting their bank and placing a stop payment on it.

Pre-Authorized Tax Payment Plan Members

Pre-authorized withdrawals, including the withdrawals for April 28th, May 1st, 8th, and 16th, will be withdrawn as normal for those who have enrolled for pre-authorized tax payments.

If you wish to cancel your pre-authorized tax payments, please do so by filling out the cancellation form on our website.

  • To cancel your April 28 withdrawal, please submit the cancellation form by April 20.
  • To cancel your May 1 withdrawal, please submit the cancellation form by April 22.
  • To cancel your May 8 withdrawal, please submit the cancellation form by April 29.
  • To cancel your May 16 withdrawal, please submit the cancellation form by May 7.

In order to resume the pre-authorized payment at a later date, the payment holder will need to re-apply to the City.

If you have further questions, you can reach the property tax section by email: propertytaxes@pickering.ca or by telephone 905.420.4614. 

eBilling

Go paperless! You can now receive your Property Tax Bill electronically, and eliminate paper bills. There is no requirement to sign up for this service. Contact the tax department for information, or open the forms section below and complete the eBilling Enrolment form.

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.

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 $400,000 for your house, your taxes would be: 
$400,000 x 2020 Tax Rate (0.01064088) = $4,256.35

2020 Tax Due Dates

The 2020 interim tax bills for all tax classes are due in two instalments - February 26, 2020 and April 28, 2020. These bills were mailed out at the end of January 2020.

The 2020 final tax bills for residential tax classes will be mailed by the end of May 2020. The taxes for these classes will be due in two instalments – August 27, 2020 and October 28, 2020.

Where do your tax dollars go?

Your tax bill is split up into 3 main components.

Property Tax Pie Chart: 14.38% Board of Education; 30.6% City of Pickering; 55.02% Region of Durham

 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.

Try our online calculator to find out the cost of City services based on your property tax bill.

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 note that we do not provide verbal tax information.

Please send your request (include the full legal description) with an attached cheque to the following address:

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

Property Tax Forms

Form Name

Form Number

Online Form

Non-Fillable PDF

eBilling Enrolment/Change FIN 1702 11/16 Online Form  

eBilling Cancellation

FIN 1703 11/16

Online Form

 

Consent Form to Disclose Personal Information

FIN 1201 03/30

Online Form

Non-fillable PDF

Mailing Address Change Form

FIN 1203 03/30

Online Form

Non-fillable PDF

Notice of Change of Ownership

FIN 1204 03/30

Online Form

 

Pre-Authorized Tax Payment - Authorization

FIN 1208-03/30

Online Form

 

Pre-Authorized Tax Payment - Banking Information Change 

FIN 1205-03/30

Online Form

 

Pre-Authorized Tax Payment - Cancellation

FIN 1206-03/30

Online Form 

 

Low Income Seniors and Low Income Persons with Disabilities Tax Grant Application

FIN 1701-04/12

Online Form

Non-fillable PDF

Tax Deferral (Low Income Seniors and/or Persons with Disabilities)

FIN 1202-03/30

Online Form

Non-fillable PDF

Property Tax Rates and Capping Factors

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.

There are currently no properties listed for sale.