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.
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.
If you have questions about the RfR process, you may contact MPAC at 1 877 254-4670 or email GIFN@mpac.ca.
Under the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation Property Assessment Law, 2018, Assessment Appeals are managed and heard by the Georgina Island Assessment Review Board. More information about the Georgina Island Assessment Review Board and the Assessment Appeals process, including Notice of Appeal forms, are available on the Georgina Island Assessment Review Board web page ( GIFN Assessment Review Board).
The deadline for filing a Notice of Appeal is indicated on your amended assessment notice.
Property Inspections – Frequently Asked Questions
Why is MPAC visiting my property?
The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) is a third–party assessor contracted by Georgina Island First Nation (GIFN) to provide property assessments for every taxable property on the reserve. Property inspections are an important part of the assessment process and must be conducted to gather the information needed to determine your property’s assessed value.
What does a property inspection involve?
During an on–site property inspection, an assessor from MPAC will review site and structure information. This may include the topography of the land, waterfront shoreline, measuring all structures on the property and taking photographs for reference. An assessor will inquire about interior details such as the number of bathrooms, quality of finishes, fireplaces and any other special features. If necessary, an assessor may request an interior inspection to confirm certain interior structural information.
What if I don’t want MPAC to inspect my property?
While we understand you may have reservations about MPAC inspecting your property, the inspections are important to obtain the applicable data elements needed to assess your property. If you refuse access, MPAC will be required to estimate certain components for completing the assessment.
To learn more about the property inspection process, please click here (Georgina Island Brochure)
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.
Property Assessment Open Houses 2018:
Property Tax Administrator
If you have questions about GIFN property tax administration other than property assessments, contact Stephanie Big Canoe at email@example.com or (705) 437-1337 at the GIFN band office.
First Nations Tax Commission www.fntc.ca
First Nations Gazette www.fng.ca