The Municipality has the authority through the Municipal Government Act to begin tax sale proceedings on property tax accounts that are at least one year in arrears. With this authority, Council has directed a more aggressive approach to collections and as a result, property owners who have not paid their 2021 tax bill(s) are now subject to tax sale.
Please note the tax sale process can be stopped at any time prior to the start of the tax sale itself with full payment of arrears and, if incurred, any tax sale expenses.
The tax sale process has four main steps which include:
- The tax sale list is compiled and a 30-Day Preliminary First Notice of Tax Sale is mailed to each property owner. This notice will include the first potential date of publication in the local newspapers and our website as well as the deadline for response and payment.
- If full payment has not been received by the deadline in the first notice, the tax accounts are sent to the Municipality’s solicitor for a title search of the property and this expense (minimum $1,000) is added to the total amount owing on the account.
- Once the title search is completed, a 60-Day Final Notice of Tax Sale is sent to each property owner by registered mail. This notice will include the date, time and location of the tax sale, as well as the type of tax sale, either tax sale by tender or public auction.
- The list of tax accounts that are up for tax sale will be published at least 30 days prior to the tax sale date in the local newspapers, as well as on the Municipality’s website. This published list will include, among other details, the names of each property owner, the location of the property, and the starting bid amount, which is the total taxes/interest owing on the account plus all incurred tax sale expenses (title search, advertisement, postage, etc.).
The Municipality holds a minimum of three tax sales per calendar year. Once a tax sale date is scheduled it will be posted here.
Once a tax sale has concluded and all final bid payments have been received, the tax sales results, including properties sold and successful bid amounts, will be posted here.
The next tax sale will be March 21, 2022. Details will be posted here when confirmed. Property listing will be available in late February 2023.