Property taxes are paid by property owners for community services such as schools, roads, maintenance, and other costs of local government.
St. Catharines property tax rates are set by City Council each year and are determined by balancing the needs for programs and infrastructure in the community with the financial needs of the corporation.
In addition to collecting its own property taxes, the City of St. Catharines is also responsible for the collection of regional taxes and school board taxes, although it is not responsible for setting the rates of these taxes.
The amount of property tax paid by a property owner is based on the assessed value and type of property. The assessed value of a property is determined by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC).
The lawyer acting on behalf of the purchaser of a property normally advises the City once the sale has taken place. If you have purchased a property and wish to ensure that the correct name(s), mailing address and phone number information have been received, please contact the property tax section 905.688.5601 ext. 1456.
The same contact information applies if you need to notify us of the following changes:
Please contact 905.688.5601 ext. 1417 if you wish to enroll in the Pre-Authorized Tax Payment Plan.
View the 2014 Approved Tax Rates
Do you have questions about where your money goes or the various payment options?
For a breakdown of services property taxes provide our residents, read our 2014 Residential Property Tax Insert.
Would you like to take it a step further? If you know your assessment value, try our Property Tax Calculator.
The City of St. Catharines offers a variety of assistance for residents. Click on any program for information.
A commercial/industrial property owner can apply for a vacancy rebate.
For further information on vacancy rebates, please visit our Assistance Programs webpage.
Read our Tax Rebate Application for Vacancies in Commercial/Industrial Buildings.
For more information, read our Assistance Programs for Commercial/Industrial Property Owners.
For vacancy rebate information, please contact 905.688.5601 ext. 1435
A tax certificate is a statement of the status of taxes which is required when buying or selling a property, showing outstanding taxes or arrears.
How much is the fee for a Tax Certificate or a Verbal and who can request one?
Tax Certificates are $40.00 per roll number and anyone can request one.
Verbals are $15.00 per roll number and only available to law firms.
Separate cheques are required when requesting both services at the same time.
To obtain a tax certificate call 905.688.5601 ext.1436
A tax sale is the sale of land through public tender by a governmental body for non-payment of taxes.
The City of St. Catharines currently has the following properties listed for sale:
For more information, please visit our Bids and Tenders page.