Town of Canmore

Rates & Assessments

Annual tax notices were mailed on May 28, 2018 with a payment due date of June 29, 2018.

Enrollment in the Tax Installment Payment Plan (TIPP) is welcome anytime up until the annual due date. See Payment Options.

Assessment values for 2018 tax purposes were mailed on March 2, 2018 with an appeal due date of May 9, 2018 (60 days following the date of assessment). 

  

REMINDER Regarding Separately Registered Parking Stalls:

The Municipal Government Act states that every unit of a condominium must be assessed. In residential and/or business condominium properties, separately registered titled parking stalls, and storage units are assessed separately from living/office units because they are separately titled, hold value, and can be sold separately.

The property unit and the parking stalls are assessed separately and when added together represent a total value that is in line with, or reflective of, property sale samples of a similar type in a similar area.

Should you wish to enroll on an automatic withdrawal program for the annual payment, please contact the Property Tax Department for the one-time annual debit agreement.  The monthly debit plan is not available for parking stalls.

 

Tax Rate Information

The Town collects just enough property taxes to cover operating budget requirements, the provincial education tax requisition, and the seniors requisition. To determine the tax rate - or mill rate - administration calculates how much of the total is to be collected from residential and non-residential properties (the split), then divides these amounts by the total assessed value for each property classification. 

Property Tax Rates are set by Council in May annually.  Property Tax Notices for the current taxation year (January 1 - December 31) are mailed in late May. Property Taxes are traditionally due on the last business day of June, annually. Review your Annual Property Tax Notice to confirm the due date for the current year.

Taxation Rates for 2018
Rate of Taxation Bylaw
  Residential &
Tourist Home - Personal Use
Non Residential Tourist Home Vacant Serviced Land

 Municipal

2.44720 7.97995 7.09688 2.44720
 School Support 2.61443 3.36469 2.61443 2.61443
 BVRH* 0.14036 0.14036 0.14036 0.14036
 PAH** 0.06424 0.37097 0.06424 0.06424

 Total Mill Rate

5.26623 11.85597 9.91591 5.26623

* Bow Valley Regional Housing (BVRH)

** PAH  - Perpetually Affordable Housing

To calculate your levy amount:  Assessed Property Value X Total Mill Rate / 1000 = Tax Levy

Previous Rates: pdf 2016 - 2014 Mill Rates Chart (348 KB)

 

 

Assessments

View property assessments for all Town of Canmore properties:

CURRENT & PREVIOUS YEAR ASSESSMENT ROLL (Via 'Property Search')
  pdf 2018 ASSESSMENT ROLL by Civic Address (1.04 MB) - effective March 9, 2018
  pdf 2018 ASSESSMENT ROLL by Tax Roll No. (1005 KB) - effective March 9, 2018
  pdf 2017 ASSESSMENT ROLL (3.97 MB) - effective March 26, 2017
  spreadsheet 2016 ASSESSMENT ROLL (848 KB)  - effective February 29, 2016
  pdf Assessment Code Legend (42 KB)

The Annual Assessment Notices are mailed by the end of February/early March each year.  The 60 day Customer Review Period will begin on the assessment date noted on your Notice.  This Customer Review Period is the only opportunity to review and ensure the fairness of your market value property assessment.  This assessment is the basis on which your property taxes are calculated.  

If you have questions regarding your property assessment, please contact the contracted Assessor.

 

Understanding your Property Assessment Notice

Market value, as defined in the Municipal Government Act 1(n), means the amount that a property might be expected to realize if it is sold on the open market by a willing seller to a willing buyer. Market value assessments are calculated by using mass appraisal techniques that determine property values by grouping similar properties as of a specific date.
 
The purpose of assessment is not to reflect a single sale price but to assess all properties at typical market value on the same valuation date so that taxation is fairly and uniformly shared. The assessed value as shown on your current year notice is based on the economic conditions on July 1st of the previous tax year and the physical condition and characteristics of the property as of December 31st, of the previous tax year. With this in mind, please compare your current assessed value to the market conditions as of July 1st, of the previous tax year and not to current market conditions.
 
Your Assessment Notice is not your tax bill.

Assessment value is used to calculate your property tax levy using the following formula:

Assessed Property Value X Total Mill Rate / 1000 = Tax Levy.

Annual Municipal Tax rates will be set by your Town Council in May. The Education Tax requisition is set by the Province.
Annual Tax Notices will be mailed in late May with a payment traditionally due on the last business day of June, annually.

 

Assessment Notices were mailed on March 2, 2018

The Provincial Government sets the legislative framework for property assessment in Alberta through the Municipal Government Act. In compliance with this legislation, the Town of Canmore delegates an Assessor to prepare assessments annually. This Assessor ensures that the assessment complies with the Standard of Assessment Regulation as set out in the Municipal Government Act. The Audit Branch of Alberta Municipal Affairs monitors assessments to ensure assessors have applied legislation properly and that assessments are prepared using the same value standards for all properties and that the resulting assessments are fair and equitable. The Town and Province use these values when they each calculate the municipal and education portions of the total property tax levy.


Customer Review Period: 60 days after date of assessment, per your Notice. 

pdf Alberta Guide to Property Assessment (304 KB)                pdf Filing Property Assessment Complaint (236 KB)

The Customer Review Period is your opportunity to review and ensure the fairness of your market value property assessment (used for current year property tax purposes) and to learn more about how your assessment was determined. Remember, your assessment is the basis on which your property taxes are calculated.

An assessed person is entitled to see or receive sufficient information about that person's property in accordance with Section 299 of the Municipal Government Act or a summary of an assessment in accordance with Section 300 of the Act, or both.

Reviewing the Assessment for the current year tax purposes means looking at the assessed value displayed on the Notice and being satisfied with the market value of the property given Canmore's real estate market as of July 1, of the previous tax year.
 
The Assessment Roll is a listing of the assessed value of all properties within the Town of Canmore for the period shown. The Assessment Roll links above reflect assessed values as of the date of the document.  Enter the address of the property, click on 'Perform Property Search' then click on 'Assessment Inquiry'.

A copy of the complete Annual Assessment Roll with more detailed assessment information may be viewed in person at the Town of Canmore Civic Centre location.
 
 
Customer Review Steps:

Step 1: ask yourself the following:
  • Is the market value assessment of my property a reasonable estimate as of July 1st, of the previous tax year?
  • Are the factual details that the Town has on record for my property correct?
  • Is my assessment equitable when compared with similar properties others in my neighborhood?

    *Corrections to the name or address of the assessed person(s) or their school support status may be made without filing a complaint. Contact the Town of Canmore Tax Department at 403-678-1506 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Step 2: if you have questions, contact the Assessor:

Kelly Larson
Equitable Assessment Group
1.844.354.8484
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Step 3: if you're still not satisfied with the assessment or explanation from the Assessor you have the right to file a complaint with the Assessment Review Board.

Filing a Complaint:
Your complaint may be about any of the following, as shown on the Assessment Notice:

  • Assessment amount
  • Assessment Class pdf Assessment Code Legend (42 KB)
  • Description of a property: legal land description or property street address*
  • School Support Declaration*
  • Name or mailing address of an assessed person*


* You can correct this information without filing a complaint by emailing details to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or faxing to 403-678-1524.

The Assessment COMPLAINT FORM and agent authorization form may be downloaded from: http://www.municipalaffairs.alberta.ca/mc_assessment_complaints_and_appeals 

Alternately, contact the Tax Officer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 403-678-1506 to have a form forwarded to you.

Submit the completed complaint form, along with the applicable fee, on or before the final date of complaint as shown on the Assessment Notice to the:

Assessment Review Board
Attn: Manager of Financial Services
902 7th Avenue
Canmore, AB  T1W 3K1


Complaint Fee Schedule, effective 2018:

Residential - Single-family Dwelling  $50 per roll
   
Non-Residential or Residential - Multi-family (over 3 units):  
 With an assessed value up to $50,000  $  50 per roll
With an assessed value between $50,001 and $250,000  $250 per roll
 With an assessed value between $250,001 and $5,000,000  $500 per roll
 With an assessed value greater than $5,000,000  $650 per roll

 

Payment can be made by cash, cheque or debit, made payable in Canadian funds only to 'Town of Canmore'.
Appeal fees will be refunded if the Assessment Review Board decides in favor of your appeal.

It is important to note that, if you have submitted an assessment appeal and are awaiting a decision, you are still obligated to make your property tax payment by the due date.

The Assessment Review Board

The purpose of the Assessment Review Board is to ensure that there has been a correct, fair and equitable assessment. The board is appointed by Town Council to hear your evidence as well as information presented by the Assessor.

If you file a complaint, a hearing will be scheduled and the Notice of Hearing sent to you. Upon hearing the arguments presented, the Assessment Review Board will either lower, raise, or confirm your assessment. The decision will be delivered in writing to all parties concerned.

The Government of Alberta Municipal Affairs offers informative brochures to help you understand assessment procedures. To review these documents visit their website at: http://municipalaffairs.alberta.ca/mc_property_assessment_and_taxation.cfm