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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the City remains committed to pursuing every possible measure to help strengthen our community. To protect the health and well-being of residents and staff, the City strongly encourages homeowners to pay and/or submit home owner grant applications online and ask questions over the phone or by email.

To support residents facing financial hardship, Council has cancelled the annual 10% penalty normally applied on July 3rd. Taxpayers will have until September 30, 2020 to pay before a penalty is applied. This relief is designed to support property owners who need it. Taxpayers capable of paying on or before July 2, 2020 should do so to help support the essential services everyone in the City relies on.

A 5% penalty will be applied on any balance owing, including unclaimed home owner grants at October 1, 2020, then another 5% penalty on any amounts owing at December 4, 2020.

Property tax rates, together with assessed value and property use, determine the taxation amount for each property. BC Assessment determines the assessed value and the City sets the municipal tax rates annually based on the funds required to support local services. Your property tax notice contains levies from other taxing authorities, including the Regional Hospital District, qathet Regional District, School Tax, BC Assessment and Municipal Finance Authority. The City collects these levies on behalf of the other agencies and has no control or input over the amounts levied.

Residential property tax notices also include annual utility charges (water, garbage and sewer), while commercial property notices include only sewer charges and receive a separate annual billing for water.

Ways to Pay Your Taxes

  1. Online banking - set up the City of Powell River Property Tax as a payee (exact wording varies between financial institutions) and enter your folio number (RBC requires 12 digits, so add 0's in front of folio number). If eligible, the home owner grant can be claimed online by clicking the eHOG link at Claim Your Home Owner Grant Online. You will need your folio number and access code found on your tax notice.

  2. By mail – City of Powell River, 6910 Duncan St, Powell River, BC; V8A 1V4. Payment must be received at City Hall by the due date regardless of the mailing date.

  3. Drop Box - cheques and completed home owner grant applications can be placed in the drop box at the front entrance to City Hall (left side).

  4. At your bank - Please do not claim the home owner grant at your financial institution.

  5. In person - City Hall will be reopening to the public starting June 1, 2020 between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday (excluding Statutory Holidays) to accept property tax payments. Measures to maximize social distancing will be implemented and the number of people allowed in City Hall will be limited.

If you have any questions please contact our office at 604-485-8620 or email us at financecontact@powellriver.ca.

More Information

2020 Property Tax Information
Ways to pay, budget summary and highlights, etc.

Claim Your Home Owner Grant Online
Home owner grant information and application.

The Property Tax Deferment Program
Loan program that allows you to defer your annual property taxes on your home if you meet certain criteria.

Home Owner Grant Information
Homeowner Grant eligibility guidelines and application process.

Address Change
This BC Assessment address change form will also result in an address change for City of Powell River tax notices. You will be asked your Area and Jurisdiction. Powell River is, Area 6 and Jurisdiction 330.

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