Assessment Review Board Decisions Regarding Pulp and Paper Mills in Dryden and Espanola

Pickering, March 7, 2013 -The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) appreciates the tax revenue impact that the Assessment Review Board (ARB) decisions regarding the assessments of the Domtar Pulp Mill in Dryden and Pulp and Paper Mill in Espanola have on local communities. MPAC continues to work with these municipalities to address the concerns arising from the ARB decision and reductions in assessment.

The ARB is an independent tribunal of the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General. All property taxpayers in Ontario have the right to appeal their assessment to the ARB.

The ARB made its decision on the assessments of the mills in Dryden and Espanola after hearing extensive evidence and submissions from both MPAC and Domtar.

MPAC has carefully reviewed the decision with its legal counsel and initially determined there were not sufficient grounds to seek leave to appeal the ARB’s decision regarding these assessments. In order to pursue an appeal, there must be an error in law made in the decision. We are committed to considering any further information we are provided and continue to work with our stakeholders.

Antoni Wisniowski
President and Chief Administrative Officer

Media enquiries:

Cathy Ranieri Sweenie
Manager, Public Affairs
cathy.ranieri-sweenie@mpac.ca
(905) 837-6152

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.