Ontario residential property values have increased on average by 4.5% annually since 2012

PICKERING, Ontario, April 4, 2016 – Today, the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) began mailing Property Assessment Notices to residential homeowners. On average, assessed values of residential properties across the province have increased by 4.5 per cent each year since 2012.

Every four years MPAC conducts a province-wide Assessment Update and mails Property Assessment Notices to every property owner in Ontario. In 2016, MPAC will update the assessed values of every property in Ontario. All properties will have a legislated valuation date of January 1, 2016.

MPAC looks at sales and compares properties to similar properties that have sold in a particular area. “MPAC’s assessments reflect the local real estate market and most property owners have seen the value of their home increase over the last four years,” said Rose McLean, MPAC’s Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer.

“Property owners should ask themselves if they could have sold their property for its assessed value on January 1, 2016. If the answer is yes, then their assessment is accurate and no further action is required. If not, we are committed to working with them to get it right,” said McLean.

Property owners can visit aboutmyproperty.ca to learn more about residential market trends in their area and how their property was assessed. By using the Roll Number and unique Access Key on their Property Assessment Notice, they can also see the information MPAC has on file for their property and compare it to others in their area.

Property assessment information is provided to your municipality for property tax purposes. Property owners can also learn more about the relationship between property assessment and taxation through aboutmyproperty.ca.

“MPAC’s province-wide Assessment Updates of property values have exceeded international standards of accuracy. Our property values and data are also used by banks, insurance companies and the real estate industry,” said MPAC’s President and Chief Administrative Officer, Antoni Wisniowski.

“Our products and services, including aboutmyproperty.ca are a reflection of the feedback we have received from property owners. We are committed to openness and transparency and enhancing the overall customer experience. We want to work with property owners if they have questions about their assessment,” Wisniowski said.

MPAC will mail residential Property Assessment Notices between April and August 2016 starting with municipalities in the Barrie, Brockville and Cornwall areas. For more information, property owners can visit aboumyproperty.ca or contact MPAC at 1 866-296-6722.

About MPAC

The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) is an independent, not-for-profit corporation, responsible for assessing and classifying more than five million properties in Ontario in compliance with the Assessment Act established by the Government of Ontario.

Every four years MPAC conducts a province-wide assessment update to determine the Current Value Assessment for all properties which municipalities use to set property tax rates.

MPAC assessors are trained experts in the field of valuation and apply appraisal industry standards and best practices to establish property values— which exceed international standards of accuracy.

Residential Market Trends for each municipality in the province will be released as Notices are mailed between April and August 2016. For more information about MPAC and the full Property Assessment Notice mailing schedule visit mpac.ca.

Media Contact

MPAC is committed to providing the media with timely, accurate and comprehensive information about property assessment in Ontario.

For all media inquiries, please contact:

Paula Chung