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Property Taxes

Property taxes are a primary source of funding for The City to deliver essential services to help Calgarians through the COVID-19 pandemic. Measures taken balance the needs of those relying on our services while supplying the greatest relief possible to property tax payers.

Property tax bills will be mailed by the end of May 2020 however two new significant relief measures were approved to provide flexibility for taxpayers:                                                                                        

  1. The tax payment deadline has been extended from June 30 to September 30 without late payment penalties; and
  2. The Tax Installment Payment Plan (TIPP) has suspended its 2% filing fee for taxpayers who join TIPP after January 1, which has been suspended until January 1, 2021.

Where possible, those who are able to pay their taxes on June 30 or continue their regular payment through TIPP are encouraged to do so. This will avoid larger payments later in the year, and will support essential services upon which all Calgarians rely.

Additional Information – and supports voted on by Council.  

The new relief measures introduced today are in addition to measures previously approved by Council:  

Nov. 19, 2019 – Use of one-time funding to maintain last year’s municipal tax rate for both residential and non-residential property owners.

Nov. 19, 2019 – Shifting the tax responsibility from 49 per cent residential and 51 per cent non-residential, to 52 per cent residential and 48 per cent non-residential in order to provide support to businesses and non-residential property owners.

In November 2019, Council approved 2020 budget adjustments in a thoughtful process that allowed the Calgary Police Service and Civic Partners to preserve their budgets, while taking a least harm approach in reducing some City services.

Additionally, Council directed Administration to provide options for a transitional non-residential phased tax program for 2020 and 2021, as well as strategies and initiatives to achieve targeted budget reductions of $24 million in 2021 and $50 million in support of Calgary’s economic recovery.

Feb. 3. 2020 – City Council approved $30 million in tax relief for Calgary businesses who have experienced the most significant municipal property tax increases over the past four years. Learn more about the 2020 Municipal Non-Res Phased Tax Program.

Mar. 16, 2020 – Utility payment relief measures established including increased payment flexibility installment plans, extending payment dates and/or suspension of collection-related activities on their ENMAX and City of Calgary municipal services. Additionally, disconnection of electricity service for non-payment has been suspended until further notice.

Mar. 29,2020 – Business Improvement Areas late payments deferred from April 1 until June 30. For more information please visit:
www.calgary.ca/covid-business

In addition to municipal taxes, municipalities collect taxes on behalf of the province. The combination of the municipal and provincial increases results in a combined increase to residential taxpayers of:   7.55 per cent or $240 per year ($20 per month) for the median assessed property of $455,000 after the Council rebate. Excluding the impact of assessment changes and Phased Tax Program (PTP) rebates, non-residential taxpayers will see a combined decrease of:   12.07 per cent or $2,640 per $1 million of assessed value annually ($220 per month) after the Council rebate

Other assistance programs:   Under The City’s Property Tax Assistance Program, residential property owners of any age may be eligible for a credit/grant of the increase on their property tax. Visit www.calgary.ca/ptap for more information or call 311. The City’s Fair Entry program – www.calgary.ca/fairentry

Measures announced by the Government of Alberta:   Seniors may be eligible for provincial support. Visit www.seniors-housing.alberta.ca or call 1-877-644-9992 for more information. The Provincial portion of property tax rates will be frozen at last year’s level – reversing the 3.4 per cent population and inflation increase added in Budget 2020. Collection of non-residential education property tax for businesses will be deferred for six months.

Calgary Parking

In support of promoting business, ensuring ease of access for deliveries, and to alleviate concerns of Calgarians, we are introducing a 30 minute grace period for on all on-street parking commencing Wednesday April 08th. This grace period will remain in effect until May 31, or as deemed necessary.

Masks:

Please note that wearing a personal or non-medical mask is an additional measure you can take to protect others around you. Please be aware that personal or non-medical masks are a measure to protect others from you, and not necessarily a reliable protection for you.

A mask does NOT mean that social distancing measures can be ignored. You need to wash your hands and refrain from touching your face. Regardless of the type of mask, proper placement and mask removal practices should be adhered to as well.

The American Centre for Disease Control has instructions for how to make face masks on their website. A link to this information can be found on calgary.ca/covid19 – Prevent the Spread.

Due to new information on the Covid-19 virus, we are now advising that wearing a non-medical mask out in the community is an additional measure that an individual can do to protect others

Edmonton

Premier Jason Kenney delivered a televised address to the province last night, which included outlining projections for COVID-19. The Premier spoke to three challenges facing the province: the pandemic, the shutdown of the economy and the collapse of oil prices.

COVID-19 Projections

The Premier outlined the government’s projections for COVID-19, focusing on two scenarios: the “probable” scenario and an “elevated” but less likely scenario.

  • Under the probable scenario, Alberta will peak with infections in mid-May. Up to 800,000 may test positive, and there could be between 400 and 3,100 deaths.
  • Under the elevated scenario, Alberta will face more than 1 million positive tests and between 500 and 6,600 deaths.
  • The Premier also briefly spoke to address those who want the virus to “run its course” and stop with isolation: that scenario would result in more than 1.6 million infections and up to 32,000 deaths (640 per day).
  • Currently, per capita, Alberta currently has the second-highest rate after Québec. However, the rate of Albertans hospitalized and in intensive care is lower than other large provinces.

Next steps

The Premier stated that public health orders will likely be in place until the end of May, after the projected “peak” of the virus has passed. He outlined a five-point recovery plan on how to gradually restore the economy given the escalating economic challenges facing the province.

He stated that the five-point plan was drawn from best practices in countries like Taiwan, Singapore and South Korea that have been able to keep most of their economies functioning with low spread of the virus:

  1. Aggressive system of mass testing;
  2. More precise tracking of close contacts of those infected;
  3. Strong border screening, including a “much more rigorous approach than the federal government has in screening and quarantining international arrivals;”
  4. Strictly enforced quarantine; and
  5. Encouraging the use of masks in crowded areas like mass transit.

The Premier also spoke to the energy challenges facing the province and noted it was likely that oil prices will fall lower than $3 per barrel and into negative pricing. Premier Kenney warned of a long and deep downturn.

He also spoke to work that was ongoing to establish “North American energy independence” and reminded Albertans of last week’s announcement on Keystone XL. One week ago, the Premier announced that after six months of discussions, the province is making a $1.5 billion equity investment in TC Energy’s long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline, followed by a $6 billion loan guarantee for the project. when completed, Keystone XL will provide 830,000 barrels per day takeaway capacity, increasing the value of Alberta crude. 

Ottawa

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

Trudeau announced that the government has refined the eligibility criteria for the CEWG. The original announcement said that for companies to qualify they would have to show a 30 per cent drop in revenues when comparing this year’s month to the same month in 2019.

The new criteria for the CEWG relaxes the main eligibility criteria based on declining revenue.

Companies now only need to show a 15 per cent decline in revenue for the month of March, as the impacts of COVID-19 weren’t felt until half way through the month. Businesses will also now have the option of using January and February to demonstrate a 30 per cent decline in revenue if they choose. In addition, non-profits and charities are now being allowed to exclude government funding in their calculations when applying.

Other details, such as the $847 weekly amount covered per employee and the retroactive date of March 15 remain the same. Trudeau also said his government is confident they will be able to deliver this program within a three-week period.

Canada Summer Job’s Program

Canada Summer Job’s employers will now be eligible for a subsidy of up to 100 per cent to cover the costs of hiring students, helping create up to 70,000 jobs for Canadians between the ages of 15 and 30. The timeframe for job placement will also be extended to the winter, as some jobs will start later than usual. Businesses will also be able to hire students part-time as well. Trudeau also noted that government will be doing more for Canada’s young people, hinting that additional announcements are forthcoming in the coming days.

N95 Masks

Trudeau confirmed that government received the expected shipment of 500,000 masks from 3M.

COVID-19 Projections

The Prime Minister was asked about model and data projections and when the government plans on releasing them and noted that he will talk about it “in the coming days.”

Seniors

Trudeau said more support is on the way for seniors, acknowledging that the nation’s elderly are in a particularly difficult position, both because of the impact that COVID-19 has on their age demographic and the post-pandemic economic worries that many will face living off of a retirement salary.

House of Commons Virtual Sittings

Trudeau also noted that he asked the Speaker of the House of Commons to look at methods of recalling Parliament virtually. He said debate and participation needs to happen from all Parliamentarians, not just those within driving distance to Ottawa.

Credit Card Interest Relief

The Big 6 banks and credit unions have agreed to give interest relief (reduced by over half) on credit cards for those who request payment refile due to COID-19.

*Thank you to the communications team at the City of Calgary, and Enterprise for some of the information that we share with you today.

Sean Chu

Sean Chu

Sean Chu arrived in Calgary from Taiwan in 1985 speaking not a word of English, and within 7 years he was a sworn officer with the Calgary Police Service. From that point on Sean worked with the Calgary Police Service as on Officer for 21 years in a number of roles until 2013.

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