Property Tax Payments

Interim property tax notices are mailed March 1, 2021 and emailed to the email distribution list. Payments are due April 1, 2021. Interim payments are equal to 50% of your 2021 property taxes, plus any arrears.

Taxes must be paid

  • by online banking payment, by adding “Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation” (not Georgina taxes) as a payee on your TD, BNS, BMO RBC and CIBC  online banking web site (account number is the 15 digit roll number)
  • by pre­authorized debit payment, by downloading, signing and returning the pre­authorized debit form(link)
  • by mail to the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation Tax Administrator, Box N13, RR2 Sutton West, Georgina Island, ON L0E 1R0 by certified cheque or money order; or
  • at the office of the First Nation located at 879 Chief Joseph Snake Road, Georgina Island during normal business hours, by certified cheque or money order.

Certified cheques or money orders shall be made payable to the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation

Preauthorized debit payments will be automatically debited on April 1, 2021.

The filing of an assessment appeal does not remove the obligation to pay taxes by the due date.

Address Updates

To notify us of any changes to your address, please complete and submit the Change of Address Form
Link to Change of Address Form
Failure to receive your property tax bill does not mean you do not have to pay property taxes.  You are responsible for any amounts that come due and any penalty and interest charged on these amounts.

Annual Property Tax Rates and Local Service Expenditures

There is a 10 business day notification period regarding the proposed annual rates and expenditures laws, from March 1 to March 12, 2021. Leaseholders are invited to provide comments to the GIFN tax administrator via email before the end of the notification period for the consideration of Council.

    1. Notice of Proposed GIFN Annual Rates and Expenditure Laws and Local Services Budget 2021 Link
    2. Proposed GIFN Annual Expenditure Law, 2021 Link
    3. Proposed GIFN Annual Tax Rates Law, 2021  Link

Georgina Island  Tax District
Property Tax Expenditures Information Sheet: Link
Estimate of Property Taxes: Link

Snake and Fox Islands Tax District
Property Tax Expenditures Information Sheet: Link
Estimate of Property Taxes: Link

 

December 15, 2020 UPDATE

Notice to Georgina Island Leaseholders

Georgina Island Entering Lockdown December 21, 2020 for Minimum 30 Days

Ferry boat restricted to GIFN members and GIFN staff only

As of Monday December 14, 2020, York Region has join Toronto and Peel in the Grey – Lockdown Zone. This is due to continued high number of COVID cases, continued community spread and inability to trace the source of infections, a high proportion of positive tests, and increasing pressures on hospitals in the region. Although Health Canada approval of a COVID vaccine is a positive step, people must continue to implement social distancing and other virus prevention strategies to prevent spread of COVID-19.

Under the Grey Lockdown Zone, it is illegal to gather indoors with anyone you do not live with. You must limit contact to your household (the people you live with) and stay at least 2 metres apart from everyone else. Do not visit any other household or allow visitors in your home. Only go out for essential reasons, such as work, school, groceries, pharmacy, health care, helping vulnerable people, and outdoor exercise. People are asked to work remotely, where possible. Non-essential businesses must be closed, except for curb side pick-up and delivery.[1]

Chief and Council are announcing that Georgina Island will be in lockdown as of Monday, December 21st, 2020 and the ferry boat will be restricted to GIFN members and GIFN staff only until further notice.  Transportation staff will continue to inspect vehicles and walk-on passengers prior to loading onto the ferry. The Band Office is currently closed to the public, and will be closed to staff as of December 16, 2020.

As was previously communicated, Chief and Council would like to strongly discourage leaseholders from visiting or staying in their cottages on Georgina Island for the winter. Everyone is being asked to stay home, limit contact with others, and only go out for essential reasons.

Chief and Council will continue to monitor the situation together with our Emergency Task Force and will implement additional measures as required. The lockdown will be reviewed after 30 days(January 21).

Thank you for your cooperation and for helping to keep our community safe from the virus.

Sincerely,
Chief Donna BigCanoe

Assessments & GIFN Assessment Review Board

Property Assessment Notices

The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) has produced the GIFN assessment roll for the 2021 property tax year and issued property tax notices. As in the rest of Ontario, interests in land continue to be valued as of January 1, 2016.  The next province-wide general reassessment in has been postponed and the 2016 valuation date will continue to apply for the 2021 property tax year.

GIFN 2021 Assessment Roll

MPAC is contracted by GIFN to conduct property assessments in accordance with our assessment law and Ontario property assessment rules and procedures. MPAC is an independent, not-for-profit corporation responsible for assessing and classifying more than five million properties across the province. MPAC’s assessors are trained experts in the field of valuation and apply appraisal industry standards and best practices. If you have questions about your property assessment, you may contact MPAC at 1 877 254-4670 or email GIFN@mpac.ca.

Request for Reconsideration:

If you disagree with the assessed value, classification, or tax status of the property, or if there is an error or omission on your Property Assessment Notice, you have the option to file a Request for Reconsideration (RfR) with MPAC, free of charge.

The deadline for filing a RfR is indicated on your assessment notice.

Link to FAQs and Request for Reconsideration Form

If you have questions about the RfR process or would like more information about your property assessment, you may contact MPAC at 1 877 254-4670 or email GIFN@mpac.ca

GIFN Property Tax Administration Email Contact List

GIFN Property Tax Administration is looking to compile an email contact list to be able to provide email communications in addition to postal, website and other communication methods.  This list will only be used for property tax administration purposes and will not be disclosed, sold or licensed to third parties. If you would like to be added to the GIFN Property Tax Administration Email Contact List, please send an email with your contact information to stephanie.bigcanoe@georginaisland.com

GIFN Property Tax and Assessment Laws

The Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation Property Taxation Law, 2018 and the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation Property Assessment Law, 2018 have been approved by the First Nations Tax Commission (FNTC) on July 12, 2018 and came into force July 13, 2018.  GIFN laws are also available on the First Nations Gazette web site www.fng.ca.

GIFN Taxpayer Communication Policy

Introduction to GIFN Property Tax

Calculating Property Taxes

Property taxes are calculated by multiplying the assessed value of your property by the property tax rate.  GIFN property tax rates are established each year in the GIFN annual rates law. There will be a four year transition period to allow taxpayers time to adjust from the $750 annual service fee to assessment based property tax. Details of the transition plan for each tax district are included in the GIFN property tax law.

GIFN Property Tax Administration Calendar – Key Dates

Key Dates 2021

  • January 1 2021 to December 31 2021 – 3rd Year of Property Tax Transition Plan
  • November 1 2020 Assessment Notices mailed
  • February 22 – Tax Arrears Certificates re unpaid 2020 property taxes sent via Registered Mail
  • March 1 to March 12 – Notice period for 2021 annual rates and expenditure laws
  • March 1  – Interim property tax notices mailed
  • April 1 – Interim property tax payment due
  • May 10 – Chief and Council enact annual rates and expenditure laws
  • May  – FNTC law review and approval of annual laws
  • July 1 – Final property tax notices mailed
  • August 1 – Final property tax payments due
  • September 15  – Tax arrears notices mailed
  • November – 2022 Assessment Notices mailed
  • November 22 – Serve Notice of Seizure and Assignment (Tax Sale) on any remaining 2020 debtors

Key Dates 2020

    • January 1 to December 31, 2020 – Second year of GIFN property tax and local services
    • February 25 to March 9, 2020 – Notice period for annual rates and expenditure laws
    • March 1, 2020 – Interim property tax notices mailed
    • April 1, 2020 – Interim property tax payment due, interest and penalties deferred
    • July 6, 2020 – Chief and Council enact annual rates and expenditure laws
    • July 16, 2020 – FNTC law review and approval of annual laws
    • July 22, 2020 – Final property tax notice mailed
    • August 22, 2020 – Final property tax payment due, deferral of interest and penalties on April tax payments ends.
    • November, 2020 – 2021 Assessment Notices mailed

Key Dates 2019

  • January 1 to December 31, 2019 – First year of GIFN property tax and local services
  • March 1, 2019 – Interim property tax notices mailed
  • April 1, 2019 – Interim property tax payment due
  • May 14, 2019 – Chief and Council enact annual rates and expenditure laws
  • May 30, 2019 – FNTC law review and approval of annual laws
  • June 30, 2019 – Final property tax notice mailed
  • August 1, 2019 – Final property tax payment due
  • November 1, 2019 – 2020 Assessment Notices mailed out

Property Tax Administrator

If you have questions about GIFN property tax administration, contact Stephanie Big Canoe at stephanie.bigcanoe@georginaisland.com or (705) 437-1337 ext. 2235 at the GIFN band office.

External Links

First Nations Tax Commission www.fntc.ca
First Nations Gazette www.fng.ca

 

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