Tax capping refers to limitations on annual property tax increases for certain commercial, industrial and multi-residential properties.
In a continuing effort to help protect businesses from property tax increases arising from the recent reassessment, City Council adopted recommendations in item EX32.4 that continues to provide capping protection for eligible properties in 2022.
As part of its overall strategy to enhance Toronto’s business climate, the City continues to reduce its tax rates for commercial, industrial and multi-residential properties to an approved target of 2.58 times that of the residential tax rate. The City expects to reach this targeted tax ratio for industrial properties by 2023 and commercial properties by 2024.
The Ontario government requires municipalities to levy a lower education tax rate for newly constructed commercial and industrial buildings in municipalities (like Toronto) where the provincial education tax rate remains above the provincial average.
To learn more, visit the Ontario Government web page to determine if your project qualifies for this tax reduction.
If your tax bill includes a Business Improvement Area (BIA) levy amount, it is because your property is located within the boundary of a designated BIA. Annually, each BIA approves a budget that is used to beautify the neighbourhood and promote it as a place to shop, visit or do business. All commercial and industrial properties located within the boundaries of a BIA are automatically members and must pay the BIA levy amount.
The various BIA incentive programs include: