2021 Municipal Webinar Schedule

Date Topic*
January 14

Introduction: The New Municipal Connect

Join us for a live walk-through of our new Municipal Connect. With improved functionality, a modern interface with geospatial mapping, and increased data security, the system was built in-house by MPAC’s IT team. This webinar will show you how the new system works, provide details on how and when municipalities will move to the new system.

February 4

MPAC's Working-From-Home: IT Best-Practices Learned from COVID-19

The pandemic highlighted many challenges for public sector organizations but also spurred innovation and adaption. As municipal workforces across the province swapped their in-office work stations for at home desks, the need for solid yet versatile IT infrastructure was never greater. Join MPAC’s Stuart Irvine, Director, IT Security, who will share what we learned during our transition to ‘virtual work’ for MPAC’s over 1,700 employees including sustaining business practices, data security, staff support, and a transition to Microsoft Teams.

March 4

Modernizing the Building Permit Process

With the advent of the pandemic, MPAC had to work with its municipal partners to adapt how we collect this important information. We launched an online portal for the collection of building plans, supported some municipalities in their adoption of new e-permitting software, and worked to identify new ways to support the modernization of the building permit process. Mary Dawson-Cole, Regional Manager, shares some of MPAC’s learnings during the pandemic, insights we’ve gathered from our building permit data, and a number of the initiatives we are exploring to support municipalities and the Province in the modernization of the building permit process.

April 8

How MPAC Assesses Farm Properties

Join Mary Dawson-Cole - Regional Manager, and Karen Russell - Valuation Director, for this webinar to learn more about how MPAC values farmland properties in Ontario.  We will outline the key market drivers, the sales investigation process, the components of a farm property assessment, available incentive programs, and details of the small-scale value add farm class.

May 6

MPAC Central Processing Facility - Update on Addressing, Severances and Consolidations

This month’s webinar is targeted to municipal staff who regularly submit information updates to MPAC that assist in changing the assessment roll for Ontario’s ratepayers. Join subject matter experts, Robert Warnes and Jason McLaughlin, Managers with MPAC’s Central Processing Facility (CPF), to learn more about: 

  • Preliminary service level trends for 2021 for building permits, condominium growth, and severances; 
  • How to leverage the new mailing and municipal addressing template and standard template guide; 
  • How to work with MPAC’s Central Processing Facility (CPF) to process requests to combine or divide parcels of land; 
  • Identifying an unmapped parcel and how those are being fixed. 
June 3

How Does MPAC Assess Properties in Ontario?

MPAC assesses and classifies every property in Ontario, which provides the foundation of Ontario’s taxation system. 

Join our subject matter experts Tracy McIntyre, Regional Manager and Jake Lefebvre, Account Manager, Municipal and Stakeholder Relations and Amy Raycroft, Manager, Valuation and Customer Relations, for an overview of how we assess Ontario’s 5 million properties, including the:

  • legislation relative to valuing properties;
  • three approaches to value; and
  • factors that go into our valuations.
August 30

How the pandemic is impacting property sectors in Ontario

Join MPAC subject matter experts for an overview and discussion on MPAC’s analysis and insights into how the pandemic has impacted property sectors across Ontario, including residential, retail, hospitality and industrial sectors, among others.

Subject Matter Experts/Speakers:

  • Chris Rickett, Director, Municipal and Stakeholder Relations
  • Joe Regina, Director, Valuation and Assessment Standards
September 24

Small Business Property Tax Subclass Policy Paper

Join MPAC for an overview of the soon-to-be released Ontario Small Business Property Tax Subclass Policy Paper. 

Developed by MPAC in partnership with its municipal and industry partners, the policy paper provides an overview of how the new Small Business Property Tax Subclass can be leveraged to achieve local economic development and planning goals, as well as pathways municipalities can review when looking to consider or implement this new optional property tax subclass. 

The session will be delivered by MPAC’s subject matter experts, Brian Gordon and Michelle Lindquist, Regional Managers, Municipal and Stakeholder Relations. There will also be a demonstration of a new geospatial tool by Jake Lefebvre, MPAC Account Manager, that will be available to assist municipalities with analysis of potential tax policy scenarios starting in 2022 in the New Municipal Connect. 

There will be time during this webinar for your questions.

October 7

Appeals Update

Join MPAC subject matter experts Georgia Ribeiro, Director, Legislative Interpretation, Litigation and Strategy and Tim Harrison, Director, Assessment Litigation and Dispute Resolution, for an update on the current state of property assessment appeals, including:

  • Appeal numbers and scheduling;
  • Current Schedule of Events for appeals; and
  • Recent Assessment Review Board (ARB) decisions.

 As always, there will be time for your general questions.

November 4

Overview of 2022 Enumeration Process

Join MPAC’s Enumeration Project Team for an overview of MPAC’s role in the upcoming 2022 Municipal Election process. Shannon Long, Account Manager, Municipal and Stakeholder Relations and Brad Baker, Manager, Customer Interaction, Corporate and Information Services will share the project plan, timelines, legislated products, and strategies intended to improve the accuracy of the Preliminary List of Electors.  

Elections Ontario's (EO) Gene Genin, Director, Innovation and Electoral Transformation will also share an update related to the transition of the municipal voters list from MPAC to EO in January 2024.

There will be time for questions during the webinar.

December 2

Annual MPAC - Municipal update

Revised: September 3, 2021