Property taxes pay for the City services you and your family enjoy every day. Every time you travel our network of roads and pathways, take a bus or enjoy the parks in your neighbourhood, your property tax dollars are at work. When you visit your local library or when you get your flu vaccination at a public health clinic, your taxes are working for you. From garbage and recycling collection to the frontline emergency services we all rely on to stay safe, your tax dollars go the distance.A portion of your taxes goes directly to local school boards and conservation authorities. Your final tax bill gives you a breakdown of how your tax dollars (net of grants and other sources of revenue) will be spent. The following is a breakdown of how the City spent its portion in 2017. It also shows the breakdown of the provincially mandated programs:
- Provincially Mandated Programs – 11%
- Housing – 5%
- Employment and Financial Assistance – 2%
- Public Health –1%
- Municipal Property Assessment Corp –1%
- Long Term Care –1%
- Child Care – 1%
- Ottawa Police Services –17%
- Transit and Para Transpo –17%
- Capital Financing – 13%
- Planning/Roads/Traffic/Parking – 12%
- Fire Services – 9%
- Program Support – 7%
- Parks / Recreation /Culture – 9%
- Ottawa Public Library – 2%
- Paramedic Services – 2%
- Garbage /Recycling - 1%
Tax Distribution by service
The provincial government sets the rates that fund the education system in Ontario.
Provincially mandated programs:
The Province requires the City to pay for social service programs such as: social assistance, child care services, social housing, public health and long-term care, and to pay for assessment services provided by MPAC.
The City funds three watershed Conservation Authorities (Rideau Valley, Mississippi Valley and South Nation).
Transit and Para Transpo:
Funds public transit services based on your service delivery area.
The Ottawa Police Services Board provides residents with protection and law enforcement services.
These are costs associated with the repayment of borrowed funds along with funding of capital projects.
This rate is set according to your service delivery area for fire prevention, suppression and rescue operations.
Roads and traffic:
The City maintains its road network and traffic control systems.
This includes functions such as: City Council, City Manager's Office, Financial Services, City Clerk and Solicitor, and Information Technology.
Parks, recreation and culture:
This includes recreational programs and maintenance of recreation facilities, parks and sports fields.
Funds recycling waste diversion and the City's landfill.
Supports reader and collection services, and virtual services through multi-service points.
Funds the provision of pre-hospital emergency patient care.
Funds the provision of planning services that guide growth and regulate development and the delivery of environmental and economic development programs.
Includes special charges where applicable such as Canterbury Community Centre and Kanata North Project.
For a full description of the City's budget please refer to the City of Ottawa budget.