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Property Tax

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).

Property Tax Instalment Dates

Tax instalment dates are the last business day in February, April, June and September.

Property tax bills are mailed at least 21 days prior to the tax instalment due date.

Instalment 2019 Property Tax
Instalment Dates
2018 Property Tax
Instalment Dates
Instalment #1
Feb. 28, 2019 Feb 28, 2018
Instalment #2
April 30, 2019 April 30, 2018
Instalment #1
June 28, 2019 June 29, 2018
Instalment #2
Sept. 30, 2019 Sept. 28, 2018

Why we changed our instalment due dates

  • The change is more convenient for residents, as it means tax due dates will not fluctuate from year to year.
  • Operationally, it allows for the prompt, effective and efficient collection of taxes.
  • Property taxes were previously established as the second Friday of each instalment month.

Property Tax Payment Options

Property tax payments can be made using the following methods.

Please note: cheques must be made payable to The City of St. Catharines.

At City Hall, 50 Church Street:

  • In Person, Monday to Friday at the Citizens First Counter, 2nd Floor, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Payments can be made by cheque, cash or debit.
  • Deposit your cheque in the after-hours deposit box located at the James Street entrance. Do not deposit cash.

By Mail:

City of St. Catharines
Citizens First, CSS Department
PO Box 3012 Stn Main
St. Catharines ON L2R 7C2

At most financial institutions, or by telephone or Internet banking

Please contact your financial institution to see what options are available.

All payments must be received in the office by 4:30 p.m. on the payment due date.  Payments made at a financial institution or through on-line banking must be paid in sufficient time prior to the tax due date, to allow time for the bank to forward the payment to the City.  Penalties will be applied on the first day of default and on the first day of each month until paid.  Small balance arrears could be a result of a late payment.

Pre-authorized payments 

The fastest and easiest way to pay your property taxes is to enroll in our Pre-Authorized Payment Plan.

Are you Moving?

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 Citizens First 905-688-5600.
The same contact information applies if you need to notify us of the following changes:

  • Mailing Address
  • Legal Name
  • Mortgage Company or Agent Information

Please contact 905.688.5601 ext. 1417 if you wish to enroll in the Pre-Authorized Tax Payment Plan.

Rates and Payment Information

View the 2019 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 2019 Residential Property Tax Insert.

Would you like to take it a step further? If you know your assessment value, try our Property Tax Calculator.

Capped Classes Information

Assistance Programs

The City of St. Catharines offers a variety of assistance for residents. Click on any program for information.

Tax Certificates

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.

Fees for tax certificates are set annually.

Please contact 905.688.5600 for more information and current rates.

Tax Sales

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 no properties listed for sale.

When properties are listed for tax sale please visit to obtain the tender documents.

Click here for the results of the last tax sale tender process.

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