Using assessment rolls, you can see who or what was at an address, and learn more about the residents. You can also learn more about a property.
Assessment rolls show:
- the name, occupation, salary, and religion of the “head of household”
- the size, buildings, ownership, and assessed value of the property
The assessment rolls are on microfilm and hard copy. You will need to visit the Archives to see them.
Tips on Using the Assessment Rolls
- Assessment rolls were created as part of property tax calculation. One assessment roll was created for every year.
- Assessment rolls are organized by municipality. Therefore, you will need to identify the municipality a property was in when the assessment was made. For example, a property may have been in Weston, then in York (because Weston was amalgamated with York in 1967) and now in the City of Toronto (because York was amalgamated with Toronto in 1998).
- Post-1998 assessment rolls are also organized by the six pre-1998 municipalities, even though they are all now part of the City of Toronto.
- If your property used to be in the old City of Toronto, the City of Toronto Annexations map can help you find out when it became part of Toronto.
- For current assessment information about your property, you can use the Toronto Property System database, available at the Archives and civic centres.