GIFN Final 2020 Property Tax Notices and Annual Laws are delayed due to COVID-19. The August 1 due date be adjusted to ensure taxpayers will have at least 30 days between the issuance of the property tax notices and the payment due date. The deferral of the April 1 interim payments will continue until the revised property tax payment due date.

 

COVID-19 Update for Georgina, Snake and Fox Islands Cottage Owners
Outdoor Exercise and Gatherings of 10 or less
June 22, 2020

As the number of active COVID-19 cases in Ontario declines and most of Ontario has moved to Phase 2 of re-opening, GIFN Chief and Council are revising some of their directives to cottage owners to allow outdoor exercise and gatherings of groups of 10 or less while maintaining physical distancing and following public health recommendations. The majority of cottage owners have been following the First Nation’s directives and public health advice, and we would like to thank everyone for their continued cooperation.

Gatherings of 10 or less

Ontario has modified its COVID-19 restrictions to allow ‘social circles’ of no more than 10 people. Each circle can come into close contact with one another without physical distancing and must include all of your household members. Circle members cannot belong to more than one circle or change circles. More information on ‘social circles’ is available at https://www.ontario.ca/page/create-social-circle-during-covid-19.  Ontario has also increased the limit for social gatherings with people outside your ‘circle’ to up to 10 people while practicing physical distancing.

Chief and Council are revising the limits on cottage guests to allow cottage owners to host their social circle at their cottage. In parallel to the Ontario orders, social circles of up to 10 people are now able to come to GIFN cottages, and gatherings of 10 people or less are permitted outside while practicing physical distancing. However, the total number of people on the property at any one time is not to exceed 10.

The limit of 2 vehicles per cottage on the Aazaahwe ferry remains in effect, as well as the requirement to show a copy of your lease or property tax notice when using the ferry boat to verify that you are a Georgina Island cottage owner. Photos of your lease document on your mobile device are acceptable. This means guests or family coming to your cottage must ride with you in your vehicle on the ferry.

Outdoor Exercise

Cottage owners and their guests may now leave their property for outdoor exercise such as walking, jogging or bicycling.

Chief and Council have jurisdiction with respect to public health directives and other matters on GIFN reserve lands and these directives will be enforced by GIFN police and staff. Thank you for your continued cooperation with these directives which allow us to reopen the First Nation while keeping people safe. We will continue to monitor the situation and these orders will be in effect until further notice.

Sincerely,

Chief Donna BigCanoe and
Stephanie BigCanoe, Property Tax Administrator

 

COVID-19 Update for Georgina Island Cottage Owners
 2 Car Limit & Single Trip Ferry Boat Passes Available at the Gas Shack
June 9, 2020

On behalf of Chief and Council, we would like to thank Georgina Island cottagers for their patience and assistance in preventing the spread of COVID-19 by practicing social distancing and not inviting guests to their cottage.

Since the re-opening of the First Nation on June 1st, there have been some concerns raised to Council from members about a few cottage owners being out and about in the community. We would like to remind all cottagers to remain at their cottage at this time. Covid-19 is still present in the region and we would like everyone to be safe.

There will be single trip ferry boat passes available for purchase at the Virginia Beach Marina Gas Shack for anyone who cannot afford the 20-trip pass. Vehicles are limited to 2 per cottage and the limit will be monitored by Aazhaawe staff and GIFN police.

Remember to have a copy of your lease or property tax notice with you in your vehicle when using the ferry boat to verify that you are a Georgina Island cottage owner, and to minimize the number of trips to the mainland for essentials.

Thank you for your cooperation with these directives which enable us to re-open the First Nation while keeping people safe. We will continue to monitor the situation and these orders will be in effect until further notice.

Sincerely,
Stephanie BigCanoe, Property Tax Administrator

 

COVID-19 Update for GIFN Cottage Owners:
Georgina Island First Nation and Ferry Boat Re-Opening June 1, 2020
May 25, 2020

On behalf of Chief and Council, we would like to thank Georgina Island cottagers for their patience and assistance in preventing the spread of COVID-19 by staying at home, practicing social distancing and not coming to their cottages.

The virus situation is starting to improve and Ontario is beginning Phase 1 of re-opening. However, there is still considerable community transmission of the virus throughout the Town of Georgina, York Region and the GTA.

We are looking forward to re-opening the First Nation as of June 1, 2020 and to welcoming cottage owners and their immediate families back to the island with continued physical and social distancing. The ferry will be back in service and available for cottage owners starting June 1, 2020.

Social Distancing

Everyone on Georgina Island, including members, residents, and cottagers, is directed to continue physical and social distancing and other health practices to stop the spread of the virus.

Cottagers are directed to only have their spouse and children with them at their cottage, and not to invite guests or other family members who do not reside in their household to the island. Chief and Council have also ordered the closure of all short term rentals on the island, including the campground, and all cottage or ‘B and B’ rentals.

While on the island, cottagers are directed not to drive ATVs and to remain on their leased property while they are on the island. This is not the time to be gathering with or visiting other cottagers. We all miss our friends and will be looking forward to seeing them again once it is safe to do so.

Cottagers are asked to bring supplies for their stay with them, and to minimize the number of trips they make to the mainland for essentials.

Cottagers that have been directed to self-isolate after testing positive for the virus, or contact with someone who likely has the virus, or have been directed to self-isolate after travel, are directed to self-isolate at their primary residence and not on Georgina Island at their cottage.

Ferry Boat

The Georgina Island ferry boat broke down on April 28, 2020 when the loading ramp fell off the ferry boat in the middle of the lake. The ferry had to cease operations so that repairs could be completed. This included the replacement of the stern drive which had been scheduled during winter maintenance, and maintenance and inspections required by the Coast Guard. These repairs have now been completed and the ferry will resume regular operation as of June 1, 2020.

Ferry boat access is restricted to community members and cottage owners (named on the lease, plus spouse and children only). Social distancing means there should be no guests and no visitors. Cottage owners are to show proof of lease, property tax notice, or property assessment and ID through their window to First Nation transportation staff before driving onto the ferry. Ferry boat and transportation staff have the authority to refuse passage.

People must remain in their vehicles for the duration of the trip. Ferry washrooms and the passenger cabin will be closed. Cottage owners are asked to purchase a ferry boat pass (available at the Gas Shack) as ferry boat staff will not be handling cash.

Interim Property Taxes Deferred to Aug 1

Chief and Council have deferred the property tax interim payment that was due April 1 until August 1 for the Georgina Island Tax District as well as the Snake and Fox Islands Tax District.

This means that there will be no penalties or interest associated with the interim property tax amounts indicated on the March property tax notice as due April 1, until after August 1, 2020.

This reflects the closure of the First Nation, closure of non-essential Ontario businesses, and allows for those suffering economic impacts from COVID-19 time to recover and to access federal and provincial financial support programs. We understand that many people have lost their employment or have had to shut or drastically reduce their business operations and are focused on getting their families through the crisis. We appreciate the efforts from many people to pay their property taxes on time, but we are also aware that for some people that just wasn’t possible in the current circumstances.

First Nation Operations

All non-essential band buildings and recreation facilities will continue to be closed until further notice. First Nation staff will be working from home where possible, and the band office will only be open from 9-12am Monday to Thursday with limited staff. Garbage and recycling pick-up will continue. Emergency services will be in full operation including fire, police and first response.

Virginia Beach Marina and Gas Shack

Virginia Beach Marina will be re-opening for boating June 1, 2020 and dockage fees for the month of May are being reimbursed. The Gas Shack will also be re-opening at that time. Please wear a mask when at the Gas Shack and follow Island View Business Centre’s social distancing requirements.  Tobacco Trails and Dawegamig are currently open for telephone pre-orders only, but are planning to re-open soon.

 

Thank you for your cooperation with these directives which enable us to re-open the First Nation while keeping people safe. We will continue to monitor the situation and these orders will be in effect until further notice.

This pandemic is serious, but we know that if we stay diligent and continue to practice social distancing then we will get through this together.

Sincerely,

Chief Donna BigCanoe
and
Stephanie BigCanoe, Property Tax Administrator

 

COVID-19 Update for Snake and Fox Islands Cottage Owners:
Please Continue to Practice Social and Physical Distancing!
Update May 25, 2020

On behalf of Chief and Council, we would like to thank Snake Island and Fox Island cottagers for their patience and assistance in preventing the spread of COVID-19 by staying at home, practicing social distancing and not coming to their cottages.

The virus situation is starting to improve and Ontario is beginning Phase 1 of re-opening. However, there is still considerable community transmission of the virus throughout the Town of Georgina, York Region and the GTA.

We are pleased to welcome cottage owners and their immediate families back to Snake Island and Fox Island with continued physical and social distancing. Please continue to respect the provincial emergency orders, public health directives and orders that remain in place from the Town of Georgina in addition to our GIFN COVID-19 directives.

Social Distancing

Everyone is directed to continue physical and social distancing, including limiting gatherings to no more than 5 people, wearing masks, and other health practices to stop the spread of the virus.

Cottagers are directed to only have their spouse and children with them at their cottage, and not to invite guests or other family members who do not reside in their household to the island.

While on the island, cottagers are directed to remain on their leased property while they are on the island. This is not the time to be gathering with or visiting other cottagers. We all miss our friends and will be looking forward to seeing them again once it is safe to do so. Cottagers are asked to bring supplies for their stay with them to minimize the number of trips they make to the mainland for essentials.

Cottagers that have been directed to self-isolate after testing positive for the virus, or contact with someone who likely has the virus, or have been directed to self-isolate after travel, are directed to self-isolate at their primary residence and not on Georgina Island at their cottage.

Island Grove Administration Building

The Island Grove Administration Building is open with social distancing restrictions. There is a limit of 4 people at a time in the office and masks are required. The office is accepting debit, credit card or cash payments. Correct change would be appreciated. The washroom in the office is closed but there is a portapotty set up for use. Snake Island Water Taxi is also operating with social distancing restrictions.

Interim Property Taxes Deferred to Aug 1

Chief and Council have deferred the property tax interim payment that was due April 1 until August 1 for the Snake and Fox Islands Tax District as well as the Georgina Island Tax District. This means that there will be no penalties or interest associated with the interim property tax amounts indicated on the March property tax notice as due April 1, until after August 1, 2020.

This reflects the closure of the First Nation, closure of non-essential Ontario businesses, and allows for those suffering economic impacts from COVID-19 time to recover and to access federal and provincial financial support programs. We understand that many people have lost their employment or have had to shut or drastically reduce their business operations and are focused on getting their families through the crisis. We appreciate the efforts from many people to pay their property taxes on time, but we are also aware that for some people that just wasn’t possible in the current circumstances.

First Nation Operations

All non-essential band buildings and recreation facilities will continue to be closed until further notice. First Nation staff will be working from home where possible, and the band office will only be open from 9-12am Monday to Thursday with limited staff. Garbage pick-up will continue. Emergency services will be in full operation including fire, police and first response.

Thank you for your cooperation with these directives which enable us to re-open the First Nation while keeping people safe. We will continue to monitor the situation and these orders will be in effect until further notice.

This pandemic is serious, but we know that if we stay diligent and continue to practice social distancing then we will get through this together.

Sincerely,

Chief Donna BigCanoe and

Stephanie BigCanoe
Chippewas of Georgina Island Property Tax Administration
(705)437-1337 ext. 2225             Stephanie.bigcanoe@georginaisland.com

Property Tax Payments

The annual rates and expenditure laws will be enacted by Council and reviewed by the First Nations Tax Commission in May. The ‘Final’ property tax notices due August 1 will reflect 2020 rates and assessed values less your April payment.

Final property taxes will be due and payable on or before August 1.  Final Property tax notices will be mailed June 30, 2020.

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.

Taxes that are not paid by April 1, 2020 shall incur a penalty of 10% and interest at 1.25% per month, not to exceed 15% per year, until paid or recovered.

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

Annual Property Tax Rates and Local Service Expenditures

GIFN Council has approved the proposed annual rates and expenditure laws for a 10 business day notification period, from February 25 to March 9, 2020. 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.

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

GIFN Annual Expenditure Law 2020 (Link) and GIFN Annual Tax Rates Law 2020 (Link)

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

 

Assessments & GIFN Assessment Review Board

Property Assessment Notices

Assessment Roll for 2020 Property Tax Year

The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) has produced the GIFN assessment roll for the 2020 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, as was the case for 2019. There will be a province-wide general reassessment in 2020 for the 2021 property tax year, with a valuation date of January 1, 2019 for the next four year assessment cycle.

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

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.

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 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
    • May 14, 2020 – Chief and Council enact annual rates and expenditure laws
    • May 30, 2020 – FNTC law review and approval of annual laws
    • June 30, 2020 – Final property tax notice mailed
    • August 1, 2019 – Final property tax payment due

     

    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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