Ontario announces agreement with Ontario Land Surveyors

Ontario announces agreement with Ontario Land Surveyors to acquire source property information

Pickering, Ontario, November 22, 2012 – The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) is pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement with the Ontario Digital Cadastre Corporation (ODCC) to acquire Property Dimension Reports for plans of subdivisions, also known as M-Plans, directly from land surveyors. Receiving this information directly from the source is integral to MPAC’s ability to provide timely and consistent assessment of new construction in Ontario.

By receiving this data directly from surveyors, MPAC will be able to improve the accuracy and consistency of the information used to assess properties.

“Receiving this critical information in a format that requires no transcribing or calculation means MPAC can add growth to municipal assessment rolls in a timelier manner,” says Antoni Wisniowski, MPAC’s President and Chief Administrative Officer. The agreement with the ODCC is significant as almost half of all residential assessment growth in Ontario can be attributed to subdivisions.

The ODCC is a wholly owned, for profit subsidiary of the Association of Ontario Land Surveyors (AOLS). The AOLS is responsible for the licensing and governance of professional land surveyors, in accordance with the Surveyors Act. Ontario’s land surveyors are the sole source of property dimension information in the province.

"The ODCC and Ontario Land Surveyors look forward to working with MPAC. The provision of Property Dimension Reports and M-Plans from surveyors throughout Ontario represents the first step in the ODCC’s goal to create a digital portal for easy access to an accurate digital cadastre and related data. This will benefit our clients, the surveying profession itself and ultimately the general public," says Art Leitch, Chair, ODCC Board of Directors.

“This agreement with ODCC is an important first step in MPAC’s commitment to capturing 100 per cent of available assessment growth within 12 months of commencement of use by 2016. It will also enhance MPAC’s internal processes through integrated business to business services,” says Wisniowski.

For more information, contact:

Cathy Ranieri-Sweenie
Municipal Property Assessment Corporation

Julia Meldrum Smith
Ontario Digital Cadastre Corporation

About MPAC

MPAC (www.mpac.ca, www.Aboutmyproperty.ca™) is a not-for-profit corporation funded by all Ontario municipalities. MPAC is responsible for administering a uniform, province-wide property assessment system based on current values. In 2012, MPAC added approximately $24 billion in new assessment growth to municipal rolls.

MPAC provides a range of services, including the preparation of annual assessment rolls for use by municipalities and the Province of Ontario to calculate property taxes and education taxes. MPAC has 33 local offices located across Ontario. Its head office is located in Pickering.

About ODCC

The ODCC (www.aols.org) is a wholly owned and for profit subsidiary of the Association of Ontario Land Surveyors (AOLS). The ODCC has entered into a contractual agreement with members of the AOLS who are Certificate of Authorization Holders and have agreed to make Property Dimension Reports and M-Plans available.

Note: The applicable law prevails to the extent there is any conflict between this information and the current law. This information is not intended to provide legal advice and should not be relied upon as such.